Some have wondered how does fine art photography differ from other types of photography, such as commercial, fashion, wedding or photojournalism. I think the difference lies in aesthetic and intent of the artist. For fine art photographers, the camera is an artistic tool, just as a paintbrush is for a painter. The camera is a means of the artist’s expression. The fine art photograph can be used to express emotions and invoke reactions from viewers.
What other things can you think of which differentiates fine art photography from other genres of photography?
Featured in this post are 10 fine art photographs from the featured artists of Artpromotivate. Please share this post via Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter to show your appreciation for the incredible talent displayed here.
- John Neville Cohen
“I was a keen amateur photographer and around the age of 23 (1963), I invented and perfected a very different technique. It was based on the idea of photographing projected images that were projected on to other things, sometimes more than one projector was used. This was at a time when no one owned computers.
For most of my life I was involved in business and photography was just my hobby. However for the last 15 years, before I retired, I became professional and ran a successful photographic design studio.
Now having retired I have worked with many of my old transparencies in Photoshop and created these limited edition pictures (only 8 of each will be sold)”
- Larry Cwik
“My main photographic series are: The Visitor: 30 Years Photographing Mexico, and Totems, stacked triptychs of selenium-toned gelatin silver prints inspired by the Totem Poles of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. I like to provoke thought in my work and capture unusual scenes, with unusual juxtapositions. Other projects have included a series in Morocco, a photo-essay of Greenland, and a series of images of Industrial Districts”
- Scott Hile
“Mostly abstract or semi representational in my paintings, I backpack all over the southwest into some of the most remote places, only accessible by foot, to capture the wild places, and I also love spending the day shooting images in my studio of abstract images of everything and anything.”
- Tina Marie
“What a beautiful world it is... flowers are marvelous! I published my first book in 2010 called, "Every heart has a Halo" and then concentrated on my photography. I keep my camera on one setting and let my eyes guide me. I know NOTHING about the camera or the names of flowers, but I do know when to push that button on the camera! My anxiety issues have decreased dramatically..... I am discovering a new area in me and living a new phase of my life.”
- Linda Hoey
“I start with a photograph and layer other textures and colours over them, combining them. I have used images of peeling paint, rust and general decay and layered them onto the sights and scenery I see around me. I feel this makes my work different as for me its about the balance between chaos and order, ugliness and beauty.”
- David Perl
“Have done all of the classic styles but when computers, digital photography and printing improved to the point that they have, there was no going back. I basically manipulate and enhance my on-the fly photos so they're almost non-existent.”
- Benjamin Matthijs
“Whenever I go out, my camera is my companion. So whenever walking around I keep my eyes wide open, looking for interesting scenes, beautiful details and powerful compositions. Once captured with the camera I usually wait a couple of days or weeks before I start post-processing the images. When working on an image I think back to the particular scene, to the moods and feelings connected with this scene. My aim is that the viewer can experience the same again, when looking at the finished image.”
- Mary Lee Maynard
“I am a multidisciplinary artist. I work as a set builder and designer, stage manager and production assistant in cinema, television and theatre. I started as a dancer and slowly touched many disciplines like photography, painting, drawing, sculpture only to form an aesthetic that, over time, described and showed my inspirations for fantasy and my more... deconstructive nature.”
- Renee Oglesbee
“Beauty and opening a new way of seeing the world. I love natural beauty and most of my photography is of nature… capturing the beauty we often overlook because we are too busy paying attention to what really does not matter. I also love pop art and discovering new ways of viewing the past through modern eyes.”
- Sergey Kireev
“For my "internal use" I figured out a definition for photographer style as a combination of preferences and choices. It is not that important how I name it. What matters is how I describe what are my choices and will such description be of a help to those who see my works.”