Fine Art Photography

fine art photography

A definition of Fine art photography would define the style as photographic artwork produced in accordance with the artist’s vision, also referred to as artistic photography.


Fine art photographs are produced as works of art and as a means of artistic expression, not for use in commerce.


Fine art most effectively expresses the photographer’s emotions and aesthetic vision. It is an artistic work rather than merely a picture taken with a camera.


Three people – Alfred Stieglitz, F. Holland Day, and Edward Steichen – helped elevate photography to fine art in the United States.

era through the 1940s

Up until 1960, photography was hardly acknowledged as fine art in the UK. In some governmental circles in the USA, photography is publicly acknowledged as Fine art.

from the 1950s until today

Since roughly 1980, printing technology has advanced, making the reproduction of a photographer’s fine art prints in a limited-edition book increasingly appealing to collectors.

techniques to explore

Both digital and analog cameras may be used to make fine art photography. Some traditional fine art photographers don’t employ digital methods or post-production editing.

doing it yourself

To produce a body of work that flows together, study the works of great photographers. Try out different color grading and processing techniques.

examples of fine art photography

Some examples include Le Violon d’Ingres (1924) by Man Ray, Rose and Driftwood (1932) by Ansel Adams, and Dalí Atomicus (1949) by Philippe Halsman.