What is Fine Art Photography

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized
I know of photographers that call themselves fine art photographers, but I wonder what that term means. Are they selling their images on expensive photo papers, or what is it that makes the images they produce fine art? Let me know your idea of what is fine art photography.
So is this fine art? If it is, why.

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  1. Franz Gisin says:

    Mike;

    “Fine art” photography is photography made by “mighty fine” photographers.

  2. gkohn says:

    Mike, I guess my idea of “fine art” photography is anything that’s beyond a documentary/photojournalistic approach, although I would challenge that, too, as I am e.

  3. gkohn says:

    Sorry…I a equally convinced that documentary photography can be considered fine art, too

  4. Mike Moats says:

    Fine art – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Definition of fine art is “a visual art created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, and photography.”

  5. Mike Moats says:

    The fine-art world overwhelmingly described Kinkade’s work as little more than commercially successful Kitsch.

    I didn’t know what Kitsch meant so I looked it up.

    Kitsch – art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

    I found this quote while looking up Kitsch.

    Why is this term for garish or sentimental objects surrounded by such snobbery? Some of the world’s greatest artworks are kitsch

    • One /good eye... says:

      I think many are put-off by how Kincaid’s artwork was perceived as “production” art that everyone seems to own in one form or another. The kitsch part comes in because it was printed on to everyday products like clock backgrounds, mugs, etc. So maybe people equate “fine” with rare or one-off or not something mass produced. If that’s kitsch, then many an excellent photographer would be vilified for making and selling copies of their own popular works. If you go back to the early part of the 20th century, practically everyone had Maxfield Parrish reproductions on their walls…. I really don’t think Maxfield Parrish was kitsch or in poor taste. It struck a chord with the populous and was just….. beautiful and they had to have it in their lives.

    • One /good eye... says:

      And here’s this update today from the world of tech and art….. so anything produced with this product cannot be “fine art”? hm. http://www.livescience.com/54365-smart-spray-cans-paint-murals.html?cmpid=NL_TND_weekly_2016-4-11 Just asking…..

  6. Raymond says:

    I think people use the term ” Fine Art ” in an attempt to elevate their profile / artwork to a certain status.

    More definitions..

    1.
    creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.
    “the convergence of popular culture and fine art”
    2.
    an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.
    “he’ll have to learn the fine art of persuasion”

    Found on google.

    Interesting Mike., thanks.

  7. One /good eye... says:

    To me, fine art photos are the ones that no one would throw away….er, delete, because they have a special element or quality to them that sparks the imagination or wanderlust. It’s “fine” to me because I get lost in it.

  8. jaygheiser says:

    It is both a genre and a suggestion of creative merit. I was going to say that it refers to photos you frame and hang on the wall. I still think that can be a sign of artistic content, but I don’t have any easy rule for identifying schlock. (Kinkade made art, but it wasn’t fine art)

    There are lots of highly skilled and important photographic domains that are not primarily a form of fine art, but documentary and journalistic photography often result in works with high levels of aesthetic value.

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