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With 86,468 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality abstract photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

Through abstract photography, even the most mundane objects can be artistically represented in fresh, exciting ways. Via an array of photographic tools and techniques such as extreme close-up, specialty lenses, filters, simple cropping, and lighting, a photographer can translate figurative subject matter into beautiful abstract forms. If you’d like to discover new abstract works by emerging photographers, we invite you to explore the international selection of abstract photography for sale on Saatchi Art.

Abstract photography emerged during a shift from figurative subjects in other fields of art in the early 1900s. Modernist artistic movements sought to create optical art that did not refer to objects in the real world, and this desire carried over into photography. Photographers rendered figurative objects unrecognizable by taking a new approach to the medium, cropping and manipulating their compositions. Early abstract photographers banded together into collectives, like the Subjektive Fotografie and the Photo-Secession, to explore the purely visual aspect of medium. These groups experimented with close-ups, cropping, negative printing, and different exposure settings. Later movements, most notably Surrealism, also embraced the medium’s capabilities, further developing unrealistic images through solarization and layering methods. These abstract photographers aimed to establish photography as a field requiring artistic skill and challenged the strictly informative quality of the photograph. Today, photographers are still interested in creating abstract compositions, this time aided by refined camera technology and software programs.

The Subjektive Fotografie collective, founded by Otto Steinert in the 1950s, created abstract art photography using techniques like close-ups, solarization, and negative printing. They also experimented with different time exposure settings and played with perspective. The Surrealist photographers were also known for using similar manipulation tactics in their abstract body photography. Double exposure, solarization, combination printing, montage, rotations, and other forms of distortions were employed by the Surrealists to render their photographs of female nudes uncanny and dreamlike. Contemporary abstract photographers are able to experiment with different lenses and focus settings as well as use macro technology to zoom in closely on even the tiniest of subjects. Photographers also usually play with light, shadow, texture, and the lines and curves of their subjects to create dense, abstract compositions.

Paul Strand is credited with creating some of the first significant abstract photographs. Strand played with light and shadow and incorporated hard lines and geometry in his images. His “Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut” (1916) literally depicts tables, but Strand focused on the play of shadows falling across them. Strand’s mentor Alfred Stieglitz is also known for his modern abstract compositions like his “Equivalents” series (1926), in which he took snapshots of passing clouds. Stieglitz is also known for his semi-abstract portrait photography of his wife, Georgia O’Keeffe. Surrealist Man Ray is recognized for his manipulated abstract compositions like “Untitled” (1924), in which Ray played with mirrors to create doubles of his subjects. Edward Weston zoomed in on objects of nature, creating abstract landscapes of vegetation. Other artists known for their abstract photography include Aaron Siskind, Hans Bellmer, Maurice Tabard, Andre Kertesz, and Charles Sheeler.

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Flower Triangle - Limited Edition 1 of 1, Photography image
Photography, 49.6 W x 37.8 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$1,990
MONUMENT VALLEY V, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 2 in
$729
Sea Star #2 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 32 W x 40 H x 0.3 in
United States
$1,580
Land of Venus V, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 20 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$310
Prints from $76
Canopy Collage - Retro (Ready to Hang) - Limited Edition 1 of 9 (LARGE), Photography image
United Kingdom
$1,630
museum  untitled 4, Photography image
Photography, 35.4 W x 31.5 H x 0 in
$830
Prints from $41
"Nobody Knows..."   -  Limited edition 2 of 20 (1 sold), Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
$770
Prints from $40
Sing the Wind - Limited Edition 2 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 32 W x 45 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$630
BURMA BLUR XIX - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$1,889
Machtig - Limited Edition 1 of 1, Photography image
Photography, 41.7 W x 57.5 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$2,390
Flower Girl, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 19.7 H x 0.4 in
$680
Prints from $63
HUMAN SPERE XV, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$1,439
Summer Teal Diptych - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 82 W x 60 H x 2 in
United Kingdom
$3,850
OCEAN ELEVEN V, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 2 in
$749
Blue Seascape#1 - Limited Edition 1 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,010
Prints from $68
Mermaid in Ibiza XII - Limited Edition of 7, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 41.3 H x 0 in
$1,650
Lost in the Dunes I (Canvas Edition) - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
United Kingdom
$1,010
Take me to your dreams Ophelia V, Limited Edition 1/7, Photography image
$2,190
The Miami - Limited Edition 1 of 3, Photography image
Photography, 60 W x 60 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,770
AIRPORT XXVI - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$2,049
HUMAN HUB VII, Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
$2,249
FLESH FOR FANTASY '17 - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 57.9 W x 43.3 H x 0 in
$2,000
Prints from $54
The Cuillin, Isle of Skye - Limited Edition 3 of 10, Photography image
United Kingdom
$580
No Passing zone in Californie! Limited Edition of 2/ 20, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
$410
HONG KONG SIGNS XVIII - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$1,689
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