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With 206,585 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality color photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

It’s hard to believe that color photography was first regarded with skepticism by both fine art photographers and critics when it was introduced to the public in the 1940s. Both the art world and color photographic processes have come a long way since then, and color photos are now celebrated by collectors for their vibrancy, emotional impact, and for being veritable visual narratives containing true “slices of life.” Whether you love portraits, nature, landscape, or candid color photography, we’re confident that you’ll discover the perfect work for you within Saatchi Art’s global selection of color photography for sale.

Though photographers and scientists experimented with color photography as early as the 1840s, the medium was not widely used until around the 1970s. Early experimenters relied on Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s three-color method, which analyzed the color spectrum of a composition into red, blue, and green categories, much in the same way the human eye registers colors. The process of color photography was still tedious and time intensive, requiring photographers to carry multiple interchangeable plates and filters to produce a range of colors in every snapshot. In 1942, Kodak released its Kodacolor film, which processed color images into a negative image, facilitating the development process. Still, color film cameras required additional equipment like flash bulbs to ensure photographs were not washed out. By the 1970s, color film was cheaper and flash sensors came built into the actual cameras. When it was first introduced into the world of art, photography in color heralded mixed reactions. Groups either praised the medium’s vibrant and more “true to life” qualities or saw color as a distraction from the photo’s actual content. With the advent of digital photography, color film photography has shifted to a niche market. Regardless, many photographers choose the medium for its unique look and high quality.

Lighting is extremely crucial to those working in color photography, as too much or too little can wash out or dim even the most vibrant of colors. Though the invention of cameras with built-in flash devices facilitated the photographic process for many, some film photographers still opt to use older analog camera models that require extra flashbulbs. When looking for subjects to photograph, artists often keep complementary color balance rules in mind and consider what kinds of emotions certain colors can stir in a viewer. They may also use filters to manipulate existing colors. A polarising filter, for example, is used to block reflected light off nonmetallic surfaces and gives the composition purer hues.

Photojournalist Steve McCurry is renowned for his color portrait “Afghan Girl” (1984), which rose to fame when it was featured on the cover of an issue of National Geographic. David Muench is known for his vibrant landscape photographs of the American west. Ernst Haas was an early pioneer in the field of color photography and is known for blurring his subjects to create expressionistic images like “La Suerte De Capa” (1956). Cindy Sherman is also known for her untitled color portraits in which she often dressed up in different stereotypically female guises. Other artists known for their color photography include Lauren Greenfield, Annie Griffiths, Robert Capa, Annie Leibovitz, Pieter Hugo, and David LaChapelle.

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Happiness blooming - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 23.7 H x 0.1 in
$990
Babylon Boogie - Limited Edition 1 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.6 in
Netherlands
$4,150
POKERFACE, Small - Limited Edition 8/10 (SEVEN SOLD), Photography image
United Kingdom
$660
SWAN LAKE, Small Edition AP 1/2 from SOLD OUT ed of 10., Photography image
United Kingdom
$935
Palm Park - Limited Edition of 60, Photography image
Photography, 17.7 W x 17.7 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$460
Dream has faded, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$1,410
Clearwater Beach 1 - Limited Edition # 3 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 32 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,730
Atlantic Rhythm (Canvas version) - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
United Kingdom
$860
Prints from $66
Pink Blossom #1 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 47 H x 0.3 in
United States
$1,600
Growing - Limited edition 1/15, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0 in
music was my refuge - Limited Edition 2 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
Fallen I - large size - Limited Edition of 5, Photography image
Photography, 24 W x 16 H x 0.1 in
United States
$855
She's Not There - Edition of 20, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 20 H x 1 in
United States
$290
The Grow - Limited Edition of 1, Photography image
Photography, 25.2 W x 33.1 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$1,140
Chasing Glory - Limited Edition of 75, Photography image
Photography, 18 W x 27 H x 1 in
United States
$1,080
Mistress of the rings - Limited Edition 1 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 22.8 W x 43.3 H x 0.1 in
$1,098
HUMAN SENSOR V, Photography image
Photography, 51.2 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$2,189
tree of life - Limited Edition 2 of 30, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
$740
Prints from $100
Reflected Happiness (Nr. 1 of 5), Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
Netherlands
$4,150
Skaftafell - Limited Edition of 80, Photography image
Photography, 17.7 W x 17.7 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$460
Storm Door, Small Edition, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 16.5 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$660
finale en rouge - extra-large size - Limited Edition 1 of 2, Photography image
United States
$1,050
Jarred Couple of Pines - Limited Edition 4 of 6, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 31.9 H x 0 in
Lady spring II - Limited Edition 1 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 23.7 H x 0.1 in
$640
Paint it black, Photography image
Photography, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 0 in
$1,410
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