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With 42,652 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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Complexity #2, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,650
Prints from $69
Life, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 in
$1,110
Prints from $67
On Distant Hills - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$730
Ghost - Limited Edition of 10, Photography image
Photography, 60 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United States
$3,010
Abstraction#18, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 in
$680
Prints from $68
TEAL EFFUSION (ON METAL) - Limited Edition 2 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 68 W x 40 H x 1.5 in
United Kingdom
$2,940
Prints from $72
The Sound of Music - Limited Edition of 10, Photography image
Photography, 60 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United States
$3,010
Le sommet III - Limited Edition 3 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$680
Prints from $40
Human Approach VIII, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$1,539
HUMAN SPERE XV, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$1,439
'Light Spring Breeze'   edition of 25, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 25 H x 0.1 in
$900
THE ROADBOOK FILES № 7747 - Limited Edition 1 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 31.5 H x 0.1 in
$880
bird Limited Edition of 5, Photography image
Photography, 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,650
Prints from $60
Chariot of Fire, Photography image
Photography, 50 W x 32 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,800
Abstract Sea X, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 in
$910
Prints from $67
Winter Lake 6 - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0 in
FLOW Arcadia 1641 - Limited Edition 1 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
United Kingdom
$1,360
Prints from $90
Glowing Circles Opus 18 - Limited Edition 5 of 8, Photography image
Photography, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.2 in
Netherlands
$1,240
The petri dish project / Series 2 / manifest 1, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
Israel
$2,550
Prints from $55
THE ROADBOOK FILES № 4388### - Limited Edition 1 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 15.7 H x 0.1 in
$880
abstract colorful forest, Photography image
Photography, 59.1 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,350
Prints from $65
THE sky #401 - Limited Edition 1 of 2, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.1 in
Like a Cool Breeze (Nr. 4 of 8), Photography image
Photography, 33.5 W x 33.5 H x 1.4 in
Netherlands
$2,950
rs316, Photography image
Photography, 38 W x 48 H x 1 in
$2,670
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