What is Fine Art Photography?

Fine-art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as a photographer, using photography as a medium to bring something to life that only lives in the artist's mind. The goal of fine-art photography is to express an idea, a message, or an emotion.


What is the difference between photo posters and fine art prints?

Posters are printed on a printing press, in other words offset printing and are produced in large quantities. They have no collective value and are not archival quality and begin to fade rapidly.

FINE ART prints are signed by the photographer. Limited editions. They are made on inkjet printers or handmade in darkroom with different technique. The paper is archival safe, the inks will outlive you and your children if displayed properly. Prices vary depending on who the photographer is, the technique and the size of the edition.


What more should I know before I purchase a photograph from a gallery?







Today the photographer and the gallerist must document what number of edition that are purchased and by whom. That is to ensure that everything goes right and that in the future you can secure the "history" of the photography. This information should accompany the photograph with a so-called certificate of authenticity. Buy only from a well known gallery.

Most limited editions will also include a small number of artist’s proofs, which are often listed as “AP” or “A/P” in the edition information.Traditionally, artists kept these proofs for their personal collections—and artworks that belonged to the artists themselves will be more valuable in today’s market. Proofs are also highly desirable.

At the end of the edition, a price increase occurs. Prices may vary by currency.

Whatever your approach to collecting, the crucial thing is to enjoy it. Buy what you love!


TECHNIQUES

Silvergelatin - The gelatin silver process is the photographic process used with currently available black-and-white films and printing papers. A suspension of silver salts in gelatin is coated onto a support such as glass, flexible plastic or film, baryta paper, or resin-coated paper. For over a century, the traditional silver print has remained as a basic technique and is a significant representative of the history of photography.

C-Print - A C-print, also known as a C-type print or Chromogenic print, is a photographic print made from a colour negative or slide. ‘C-type’ was originally the trademark used by photographic company Kodak for the paper they used for making prints from colour negatives, but it is now standardly applied to all colour photographic prints.

Fine Art / Gicleé / Pigment Print - The first pigment printer was called Iris and was first developed to be used to make digital prints before offset printing. Graham Nash, a more well-known member of the The Hollies and Crosby groups, Stills, Nash and Young, bought and rebuilt such a printer around 1990. Initially, colors were used that were not light-resistant, but soon several ink manufacturers had produced more durable inks. To distinguish ordinary Iris prints from these more durable ones, the term giclée was created.

The method was born in France and the United States with a mix of the old traditional inkjet method and the latest digital technology and it is used to produce limited edition graphic art. The printer's properties and color pigments, along with paper quality, determine whether the print can be considered approved for signing according to the Giclée Fine Art principle. Since the term Giclée was also associated with the low-quality prints that quickly faded, most have left the term behind and the concept of Fine Art has taken over. That's what we use. Fine Art Pigment Print can be considered the modern form of artistic printing technology.

Wet Plate - The collodion process is an early photographic process invented in 1851. The collodion process, mostly synonymous with the "collodion wet plate process", requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field. Collodion is normally used in its wet form, but can also be used in humid ("preserved") or dry form, at the cost of greatly increased exposure time. The latter made the dry form unsuitable for the usual portraiture work of most professional photographers of the 19th century. The use of the dry form was therefore mostly confined to landscape photography and other special applications where minutes-long exposure times were tolerable.

The wet plate collodion process has undergone a revival as a historical technique in the twenty-first century. There are several practicing Fine art photographers who use the process, bringing this process forward to a modern age.

Art Glas - Museum glass or UV glass with the frame permits less UV radiation and is also completely reflex free which enhances the colors of the image. The feeling is that you experience the picture sharper and clearer than if you chose to frame without glass. The purpose of the glass is to protect the artwork and together with the other correct framing materials and framing techniques, a protective microclimate behind glass is created that helps the artwork to age slowly.