…in contrast to representational photography, photographic art is birthed in accordance with the vision o the artist…

Photographic Art
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Photographic Art

photographic art is an expression of the artist’s perceptions and emotions. Photographic art, fulfills the creative vision of the artist. Photographic art is illusive and intended to represent a vision, an idea, not a mere realistic rendering.

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photographic art has been used mainly for decor and it has Victorian roots. I have found it effect in the art of display, especially on laminate type materials. It creates an interesting effect. 
Photographic art photography may overlap with graphic art, creating a new art form. By means of visual programs, filters can generate an interesting and desirable look.


Photographic Art Politics

Photographic art is created as an expression and a vision of the artist, as it has managed to be instrumental in advancing certain causes. The work of Ansel Adams is a valid such example. 

Such work has also had effects in the area of censorship and free expression.

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Photographic Art History

the earliest photographic art, according to a photography historian was John Edwin Mayall, exibiting daguerrotypes illustrating the Lord’s Prayer as early as 1851. Since there have been successful attempts to make photographic art, fine art photography dating back to Victorian times. 

Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813-1875) was a pioneering Victorian art photographer and an expert in photomontage. He frequently collaborated with Charles Darwin, the discoverer of evolution.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was a British photographer who became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time and fantasy photographs with Arthurian and other legendary themes.


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Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was a German-American painter and photographer best known for his lush, sweeping landscapes of the American West and scenes of Westward Expansion.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English photographer, author, mathematician, logician and Anglican deacon. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass.


Thomas Moran (1837-1926) from Bolton, England was an American photographer, painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York.

Eugène Atget (1857-1927) the French photographer renowned for works documenting the architecture and street scenes of Paris.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter. He was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making fine art photography an accepted art form. 

Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery curator. He did both fine art and fashion photography and was at one point the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1955 he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man.

Frantisek Drtikol (1883-1961) was a Czech photography artist. He is especially known for his characteristically epic photographs, often nudes and portraits.


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Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) is recognized as an American master photographer of the 20th Century and mostly known for his “Color Light Abstractions” and nudes utilizing both power and beauty.

Anton Stankowski (1906-1998) was a German graphic designer, photographer and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered Constructive Graphic Art, experimental photography processes and fractal-like structures.



Edward Weston (1886-1958), was an American photographer, known for his influence.  Over the course of his forty-year career Weston photographed an increasingly expansive set of subjects, including landscapes, stills, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and whimsical parodies.

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, 1890-1976) was an American-born Paris-based modernist artist who was an early exponent of both Dada and Surrealism, and showed at the first Surrealist exhibition at the Galerie Pierre in Paris in 1925, along with Jean Arp, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. Noted mainly for his avant-garde photography, he also practiced as a renowned fashion and portrait photographer, whose subjects included many of the great artists of the day like James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau and Antonin Artaud. He developed the photographic method of solarization.

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko (1891-1956) was a Russian artist, sculptor, montage photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of Russian constructivism and design; he was married to the artist Varvara Stepanova

John Heartfield (1891-1968) is the anglicized name of the German photomontage artist Helmut Herzfeld.  His artwork frequently poked fun at

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Edward Weston
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Man Ray
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Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko


Lazslo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was a Hungarian-born artist with passion for painting, photography, film, and industrial and graphic design. He pioneered abstract film, light shows, constructed environments, and mixed-media events.

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was a famous Jewish-German photography artist known for his collages mocking Adolf Hitler. In 1936, he emigrated to Paris but was later caught by Nazis and interned in a concentration camp in 1940. In 1941 he escaped to the USA. Nudes and fashion photography is what he is also known for.

Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), German photographer, sculptor, printmaker, painter and writer. Much of his work portrays dolls and nudes.

Ansel Adams (1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West.


my thoughts:

as of late experimenting with my iphone camera and vintage polaroids, has been such an adventure. There is so much to explore in the field of art and the camera offers a limitless, fascinating point of view, one that is always fresh and intriguing to explore.

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