Today we have with us, a stunning selection of 24 fine art photographs, but before we get started, lets talk a bit about what is fine art photography. Actually there is no universally accepted definition of fine art photography. It’s up to the artist and the audience of course, to decide what they consider fine art and what not. Let’s see an informative excerpt explaining about what is fine art from wikipedia:
Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism, which provides a visual account for news events, and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.
One photography historian claimed that “the earliest exponent of ‘Fine Art’ or composition photography was John Edwin Mayall, “who exhibited daguerrotypes illustrating the Lord’s Prayer in 1851” . Successful attempts to make fine art photography can be traced to Victorian era practitioners such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Oscar Gustave Rejlander and others. In the U.S. F. Holland Day, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen were instrumental in making photography a fine art, and Steiglitz was especially notable in introducing it into museum collections.
Until the late 1970s several genres predominated, such as; nudes, portraits, natural landscapes (exemplified by Ansel Adams). Breakthrough ‘star’ artists in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sally Mann andRobert Mapplethorpe, still relied heavily on such genres, although seeing them with fresh eyes. Others investigated a snapshot aesthetic approach.
American organizations, such as the Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, have done much to keep photography at the forefront of the fine arts.
Note that some of the B&W photos contain artistic nudity. If that offends you kindly skip the B&W section of the article.
So lets enjoy today’s selections!
12 Colour Fine Art photos by Oleg Oprisco
12 Black & White Fine Art photos by Kristina Varaksina
Hope you enjoyed today’s article! Looking forward to hear your impressions!
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(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)