What Is Fine Art Photography?

Fine Art Photography (or Photo Art) is photography created by an artist using photography to portray his vision of the scene or person.

The principal and underlying criteria that distinguishes photo art from other fields in photography is that photo art is not about digitally recording a subject. It is about capturing what the artist sees. The artist uses the camera as one more tool to create a work of art that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision.

The artist pays careful attention to composition, the focus, the quality of the lighting, the poses of figures in the photograph and even during the editing process where the artist has hundreds of digital tools to create something unique.

The end result of photo art photography is very different too. The goal is frequently to be shown in art galleries, as wall decor in someone's living room or dining room or office, and then be appreciated by visitors to the gallery or the owner's home.

Fine Art Photography includes all classifications of photography - landscape photographs, nature photographs, urban photographs and human interest photographs. Creative Collection has a wide range of fine art photos for sale.

History of Fine Art Photography

Photo art photography is a 20th Century class of fine art. It began with some now-famous names:

  • Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photo art photography an accepted art form..
  • Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery curator. He did both fine art and fashion photography and was at one point the best known and highest paid photographer in America.
  • Ansel Adams (1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park.

Below: Ansel Adams - 
The Tetons and the Snake River - 1942.


Museum Collections

Nowadays, big museums consider Fine Art Photos an important visual art and indeed some have permanent collections, increasing its exposure among collectors as well and putting it on the art market.

Several of the best art museums around the world have photo art photography departments, including the following:

Art Institute of Chicago
Detroit Institute of Arts
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Guggenheim, New York
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Buyers are also looking for young talents whose value will hopefully get higher over time in the art of business. And although it is classified as visual art it is still much cheaper than the artworks belonging to other art forms

Fine Art Photography continues to offer brilliant and true masterpieces and to form a priceless legacy.