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Urban Photography

In order to define urban photography, it is first important to understand street photography. Street photography typically refers to documentary-like portrait photos of passers-by taken in an urban setting on the spur of the moment. The genre is often associated with the Golden Age of photography which lasted from 1890 to 1970. The great masters of this period include Cartier-Bresson (whose treasured Leica has become an iconic street photography camera), Weegee (known for his images of crime scenes), Robert Doisneau (and his famous 'The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), William Klein (one of the genre's pioneers known for his focus on children), Vivian Maier, Eugene Atget and many other key names.

As street photography has become a genre of its own, there seems to be a key difference between 'new' and 'traditional' street photography. The subject in street photography has gradually shifted from the street itself to the men and women who occupy the urban space. This photographic technique has allowed some of the great photographers to capture the depth and intensity of certain facial expressions and give their images a strong sense of emotion. Nonetheless, this perspective overlooks certain aspects of the original school of urban photography. Faces and staging have eclipsed urban buildings and their architecture.

Street photography has come to reflect post-modern capitalist society and mass-consumerism where entertainment and immediacy are highly sought after. Although this is not necessarily a negative thing, this cannot be denied and this is what distinguishes it from urban photography.

In a similar way to traditional street photography, urban photography not only tries to freeze people in time but also places. Urban photography captures and enhances buildings and their architecture by playing around with lighting and framing in a way that only professional photographers know how. When we consider that 50% of the world's population now live in cities we can see how each image is instilled with the artist's own opinion of the urban world.

In short, urban photography cannot simply be reduced to street photography; it immortalises urban life with a much broader perspective. It captures everything urban-related; the skyscrapers of Manhattan's skyline are just one example. Passers-by are not necessarily the photograph's main focus; objects are the genre's favourite subject. Much more than just a mere spectator, urban photography is also critical of its society. Artsper has an exclusive selection of works from artists with a shrewd outlook on contemporary society and who want to share their new perspectives on the world around them. Discover the splendid analogue photos of Paris in the 1930s by Roger Schall or Manhattan photography as well as London photographies and get lost in the depth of Gwenaël Bollinger's incredible shots!

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Fine Art Photographs

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Patrick Lajoie, Early bird, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Early bird, 2018
91.4 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Photography

$2,200

Franck Guedj, Global warming 1.0, Photography

Franck Guedj

Global warming 1.0, 2019
110 x 165 x 1 cm
Photography

$9,409

David Drebin, Dreams of Central Park, Photography

David Drebin

Dreams of Central Park, 2020
88.9 x 221 x 5.1 cm
Photography

$27,600

Niklas Soestmeyer, Berlin Nights #1, Photography

Niklas Soestmeyer

Berlin Nights #1, 2021
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$656

Jules Viera, 60 Lat Phrao, Photography

Jules Viera

60 Lat Phrao, 2019
25 x 55 x 3.5 cm
Photography

$627

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,635

Cécile Baldewyns, Fairy, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fairy, 2014
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$878

Christian Bruneau, Punition, Photography

Christian Bruneau

Punition, 2015
60 x 90 x 3 cm
Photography

$452

Alberto Sánchez, Hide the Jewels 2, Photography

Alberto Sánchez

Hide the Jewels 2, 2021
185 x 140 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$5,307 $5,896

Julien Dubois, HK Woker, Photography

Julien Dubois

HK Woker, 2016
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,505

Icy & Sot, The New American Flag, Photography

Icy & Sot

The New American Flag, 2019
76 x 114 cm
Photography

$4,015

Vanessa Vercel, Eiffel oiseaux, Photography

Vanessa Vercel

Eiffel oiseaux, 2020
70 x 105 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,631

Our recommendations Serge Mendjisky, Statue de la Liberté HC, Photography

Serge Mendjisky

Statue de la Liberté HC, 2008
150 x 66 x 5 cm
Photography

$15,055

Sonac, Le Lama en Urbex, Photography

Sonac

Le Lama en Urbex, 2018
60 x 60 cm
Photography

$1,380

Jean-Loup Gautreau, Agnès Varda - Les plages d'Agnès, Photography

Jean-Loup Gautreau

Agnès Varda - Les plages d'Agnès, 2008
30 x 40 cm
Photography

$376

Mario Schifano, Mario Schifano, Photography

Mario Schifano

Mario Schifano, 1970
70 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,066

Christophe Battifero, Under the Bridge, Photography

Christophe Battifero

Under the Bridge, 2020
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Photography

$527

Leticia Felgueroso, Trafalgar, Photography

Leticia Felgueroso

Trafalgar, 2013
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$2,277

Présence Panchounette, PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, Photography

Présence Panchounette

PP est de Bordeaux comme DADA de Zurich, 1976
49 x 59 x 2 cm
Photography

15,000 - $ 25,000

Jiang Zhi, Rainbow series (no 1-6) plus video, Photography

Jiang Zhi

Rainbow series (no 1-6) plus video, 2006
80 x 120 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$100,365

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

$7,527

LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography

LaO PaZ

Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
40 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

$878

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm
Photography

$11,291

Stéphane Daireaux, Xynthia 37, Photography

Stéphane Daireaux

Xynthia 37, 2010
17 x 32 cm
Photography

$502

Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
60 x 75 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$3,701

Alexia Tailleur, Paris II, Photography

Alexia Tailleur

Paris II, 2018
110 x 55 cm
Photography

$2,635

Fabien Novarino, Urban Girl, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Urban Girl, 2020
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,455

Edi Hirose, Expansión 5928, Photography

Edi Hirose

Expansión 5928, 2013
136 x 110 cm
Photography

$8,782

France-Noëlle Pellecer, La vie est belle, Photography

France-Noëlle Pellecer

La vie est belle, 2014
60 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,756

CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

Manhattan Photo-Grafs, 2009
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,505

Li Wei, Love at the high place 1 047-02, Photography

Li Wei

Love at the high place 1 047-02, 2004
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$20,073

Gottfried Salzmann, Paris Panthéon, Photography

Gottfried Salzmann

Paris Panthéon, 2006
38 x 51 cm
Photography

$4,830

Pedro Correa, Heaven Burning, Photography

Pedro Correa

Heaven Burning, 2014
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$4,968

Fabrizio Alzati, Yakitori, Photography

Fabrizio Alzati

Yakitori, 2017
20 x 27 cm
Photography

$439

Gwenaël Bollinger, Red corner, Photography

Gwenaël Bollinger

Red corner, 2012
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$677

Antoine Guibert, Electric Bangkok, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Electric Bangkok, 2018
50 x 75 x 2 cm
Photography

$375

Jean-Michel Berts, Tour Eiffel brume, Photography

Jean-Michel Berts

Tour Eiffel brume, 2012
150 x 110 x 2 cm
Photography

$7,653

Papa Mesk, Paris 13 ème Olympiades Vibes N°3, Photography

Papa Mesk

Paris 13 ème Olympiades Vibes N°3, 2018
80 x 45 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,004

Luca Izzo, Berlin N°1, Photography

Luca Izzo

Berlin N°1, 2019
120 x 80 x 0.7 cm
Photography

$1,970

Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, 2018
91.4 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Photography

$1,200

Our recommendations Mohamed Bourouissa, Ramon, Photography

Mohamed Bourouissa

Ramon, 2009
61 x 78 x 1 cm
Photography

$602

Linda Chapman, Outside In II, Photography

Linda Chapman

Outside In II, 2019
84 x 59 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$847

Murat Germen, Facsimile - Istanbul, Kuzguncuk #8, Photography

Murat Germen

Facsimile - Istanbul, Kuzguncuk #8, 2012
80 x 250 x 1 cm
Photography

$7,652

Cédric Bouteiller, Guess - NYC - 2012, Photography

Cédric Bouteiller

Guess - NYC - 2012, 2012
90 x 130 x 2 cm
Photography

$6,900

Our recommendations Daffke Hollstein, P090809-01, Photography

Daffke Hollstein

P090809-01, 2009
52 x 42 x 1 cm
Photography

$753

Our recommendations Aimee Hillman, Sidney, Photography

Aimee Hillman

Sidney, 2019
106.7 x 81.3 x 1.3 cm
Photography

$2,915

Our recommendations Roger Schall, Les Princes, Paris, 1930, Photography

Roger Schall

Les Princes, Paris, 1930, 2015
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$878

Paul J Bucknall, Tram Street, Photography

Paul J Bucknall

Tram Street, 2019
30.5 x 25.4 x 0 cm
Photography

$474

Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, Photography

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$815

Barry Cawston, Golden windows, Photography

Barry Cawston

Golden windows, 2014
67 x 200 cm
Photography

$4,391

Glenn Varez, Brest airport, Photography

Glenn Varez

Brest airport, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Photography

$63

Our recommendations Lisa Tomasetti, New York, Photography

Lisa Tomasetti

New York, 2012
58 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$4,391

Margaux Chalançon, Numero 12, Photography

Margaux Chalançon

Numero 12, 2018
30 x 45 x 0.01 cm
Photography

$502

Clara Cena, Au-delà de nous-même 6, Photography

Clara Cena

Au-delà de nous-même 6, 2019
30 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$753

Neil Massey, Untitled Series #4, Photography

Neil Massey

Untitled Series #4, 2014
71.1 x 106.7 cm
Photography

$1,093

Anne-Marie Toporkoff, Les ponts de la Seine, Photography

Anne-Marie Toporkoff

Les ponts de la Seine, 1985
31 x 18.5 cm
Photography

$991

Didier Fournet, NYC Brooklyn Bridge 10, Photography

Didier Fournet

NYC Brooklyn Bridge 10, 2018
130 x 94 x 5 cm
Photography

$6,147

Burt Glinn, Swing, The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Photography

Burt Glinn

Swing, The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, 1959
55.9 x 43.2 cm
Photography

$3,800

Jacinto Santamaria, The station, Photography

Jacinto Santamaria

The station, 2020
59.4 x 84 cm
Photography

$1,255

Bernard Reignier, Ombre et lumière, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Ombre et lumière, 2019
85 x 35 x 1 cm
Photography

$723

Anaïs Legeay, Lines 1, Photography

Anaïs Legeay

Lines 1, 2014
30 x 40 x 3 cm
Photography

$124

Rafael Jacinto, I see you from the window 1, Photography

Rafael Jacinto

I see you from the window 1, 2020
80 x 120 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,324

Duncan Wade, X-Ray London, Photography

Duncan Wade

X-Ray London, 2019
97 x 180 x 5 cm
Photography

$3,717

Michael Wallner, Borough Station 1, Photography

Michael Wallner

Borough Station 1, 2017
38 x 48 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$722

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