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With 276 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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RELEASED BODIES, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 24.4 H x 0 in
$1,411
Prints from $100
L’écume des maux - Limited Edition 1 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 in
$1,430
I hope you - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 41.3 W x 27.5 H x 0.1 in
$1,400
Muito além do jardim - Limited Edition of 50, Photography image
Photography, 37.1 W x 45 H x 2.4 in
$1,180
Prints from $160
Shot with cork, Photography image
Photography, 34.7 W x 23.1 H x 0.2 in
$860
Prints from $55
THANK YOU ! - Limited Edition 60, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 17 H x 0 in
$430
Prints from $40
Nouvelle graine - Limited Edition 6 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 in
$1,430
Stone-two - Limited Edition 50 of 50, Photography image
Photography, 13 W x 19 H x 0.1 in
United States
$495
Origine organique - Limited Edition 6 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 in
$1,430
Vikings in the city - Limited edition 1/35, Photography image
Photography, 35.4 W x 23.6 H x 0 in
$310
Prints from $51
Reflection of Life - Limited Edition 1 of 2, Photography image
Photography, 35.5 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 in
Israel
$11,000
Prints from $200
Underwater mystery (edition of 5), Photography image
Photography, 23.6 W x 15.7 H x 0 in
$530
Prints from $70
The secret of stones 1 of 28 - Limited Edition of 1, Photography image
Photography, 23.6 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
Room - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 26 H x 0.1 in
$2,410
Prints from $100
Home is where the heart is - Limited Edition of 1, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 20 H x 0.7 in
United Kingdom
$940
ear of silence, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 118.1 in
$9,000
Israel - Street Art #4 - 2016 - Limited Edition 1 of 100, Photography image
United States
$2,020
Prints from $100
Connection, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 33 H x 1 in
Sakhmosavank (Limited edition 01/20), Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 23.6 H x 0.2 in
$540
Dubai by Vasiliy Kononov - Limited Edition 2 of 2, Photography image
Photography, 54 W x 36 H x 0.3 in
$310
Prints from $40
Pathos love - Limited Edition 6 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 27.6 H x 0.1 in
$1,730
Stone-nine - Limited Edition 50 of 50, Photography image
Photography, 13 W x 19 H x 0.1 in
United States
$495
The Illusionist - Limited Edition of 15, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 30 H x 0.2 in
United States
$1,225
The whole above - Limited Edition of 2, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 7.9 H x 0.4 in
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