Fine Art Photography

What is Fine Art Photography?

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These days everyone is taking pictures and posting them everywhere on social media, and of course everyone is saying how beautiful they are and telling the photographer that they ought to sell them. So, given the prevalence of photos, how does one distinguish fine art photography from other types of photography?

Simply put, fine art photography is art created in accordance with the perceptions and emotions of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, which is about digitally recording a subject. Fine art photography does not produce purist images that record the scene exactly as it appears at a precise moment in time, nor is fine art photography about post-processing effects.

Fine art photography is about capturing what the artist-photographer sees, not what the camera sees, nor what digital pre-sets produce. In fine art photography the camera merely is a tool akin to the painter’s brush.

Ansel Adams, perhaps said it best, “Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied.”

Fine art photography goes beyond the literal representation of the subject. It expresses the feelings and vision of the photographer, and most importantly, reveals an image that is the creation of the artist that flows from the artist’s vision.