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Old Jun 13, 2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Can someone explain to me what is fine art photography or what makes a particular photograph considered fine art?

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Old Jun 13, 2011, 1:22 AM   #2
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If your photo is a technical disaster, just tell everyone it's a fine art photo.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 3:47 AM   #3
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I have a friend who has her own studio in D.C. and she sells her photos there. I really really like her photography and she has said several times that she is a fine art photographer and I've just been wondering what exactly is fine art photography. The only difference in her photography and any other scenic landscape photograph is that there is a strong "dreamy / surreal" look to most of her photographs. Does this "look" make the photograph "fine art"?
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I wouldn't make the distinction myself but you could probably say that most photography is about the subject. Fine Art photography is about the photo.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 10:55 AM   #5
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A fine art photograph is when someone is willing to pay bags of money to acquire it!
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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altho it is not defined on this site, the podcasts by this "fine art" photographer are chock full of ideas:
http://www.lenswork.com/podcast.xml
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Fine art photography is simply the intention on the part of the artist/photographer that it should be regarded as art. Appreciated for its artistic qualities not simply as a documentary representation of reality.

When a 5-year-old brings home a painting it's normally art, and it's normally not very good.

Some people like to say things like "that's not art" when what they really mean is that it's obviously art, but just not very good, or that they disapprove of the artist's methods or work; that they find it distasteful, disturbing or even disgusting.

These considerations apply equally to all kinds of representation - drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

One common feature of fine art photography is that the subject of the image or the work is more (or less) than just the subject matter. Cindy Sherman for example is an artist whose subject is identity, gender roles in society, etc. Her subject matter (what the pictures are of) is dolls, herself, her friends dressed in silly outfits, etc. Sally Mann has made some controversial pictures where the subject matter is her own (mostly naked) children, but the pictures are about mortality, sexuality, family, etc. Edward Weston made many abstract studies of vegetables, studies of line form and texture.

What really separates an Ansel Adams from Joe Bloggs is mostly about whether the picture is any good, not whether it's art.

So in my view pretty much anyone who posts a picture for others to share and enjoy is making a fine art photograph. Most fine art photography, like most other art, is not terribly good!
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It helps to have an education in art, in order to be able to explain your vision in the commonly accepted terms of the arts community. Use of the proper vocabulary is key in getting others to accept your explanation. IOW, it is basically marketing, and salesmanship. What really separates an Ansel Adams from a Joe Bloggs, is having a good line of BS and persistence.

A long time ago, I was told that a picture of a naked woman is pornography, a picture of a naked woman with a bowl of fruit, is art, and a picture of a bowl of fruit without the naked woman, is fine art (and also boring as h***)

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There are countless definitions out on google that attempt to define the term.

"Fine Art Photography" to me, is simply your work that someone else would pay you money to own. (excepting of course photographs of themselves in compromising positions)

Seriously, I joined an art association sometime ago for the purpose of networking and getting a better understanding as to how I could sell my photographs. In the process, I submitted 5 of my works to be juried. I received a letter congratulating me that my work was accepted and I was now a juried member of the Art Association in the category of "Fine Art Photography"

Funny, I don't feel any different. Nor, do I look at my photographs any differently.

But, it sounds nice.

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