What is Fine Art Photography

Posted: April 10, 2017 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.
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.”
So is this fine art?


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  1. Fine Art photography is any picture that is on the opposite spectrum of photo-journalistic picture – in other words, capturing something that is not realistically achievable – long exposure photography is an example where we can never see the water smoothed out like the way we see with ND filters. Processing these images further makes them fine-art

  2. jaygheiser says:

    Photography is unique among creative endeavors in being based on a reproductive mechanism which functions purely mechanically, requiring no skilled or interpretive effort. From the very beginnings of its history, photography has generated controversy over its artistic legitimacy between critics who treat it as a rote exercise and practitioners with the vision and talent to use it as a creative medium. Contemporary photographic practices span a wide spectrum of type, all of which reward skill and effort, including the creation of images ‘primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes’. Photographers like Eggleston deliberately, and successfully, targeted an ambiguous middle ground in which the mundane and the sublime cannot be distinguished, as did Warhol. They made the point that ‘fine art’ doesn’t need to be so refined in order to be meaningful.

    Shorter definition: ‘art is whatever a museum curator agrees to hang on the wall’.

    Jay Heiser

    Jay@heiserhollow.net http://Www.heiserhollow.net


  3. Richard Grubola says:

    A definition of Fine Art photography might include these distinctions: professional vs. amateur, business vs. pleasure, traditional vs. new, film vs. digital, purely aesthetic vs.crafts-like, abstract vs. literal, nihilistic vs. journalistic, etc. etc.

    To me these are mostly distinctions without a true difference when it comes to defining art.

  4. Kent Wilson says:

    Before trying to define “fine art” you might try defining “art” in a useful way. That itself will be a significant challenge. Many attempts made by philosophers in aesthetics.

  5. STEVEN HOWE says:

    I think the term “fine art” is being overused by people who want to garner more attention to their work. Based on the definition below most photographers would be labeled as fine art photographers as most of us are creating images for the very reasons they stated.

    Steve Howe


  6. This question was asked to me What is art?. That’s almost like asking Who is God? Defining Fine Art is something I’m not clear on at all. If it’s a picture of a fish for example. What does this fish have to look like to define it as fine art verses other choices?

  7. photosbyanthony says:

    Like everything else, in every language, in every country around the world the genre is but a tag. What really matters is how it effects the individual therefore something I may see as fine art may be someone else’s contemporary.
    For me the photo in the blog is fine art (looks like pine needles) and a shade tranquil.

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