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With 74,768 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality conceptual photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

In conceptual art photography, a central idea rules all aspects of the image, adding a layer of interest that goes beyond the purely visual. We at Saatchi Art love conceptual art in all mediums, and are thrilled to be able to offer an exciting selection of conceptual fine art photography to art collectors and photography enthusiasts everywhere. We encourage you to explore our wide array of conceptual art photography for sale by talented emerging artists and photographers from dozens of countries around the globe.

Conceptual art arose during the mid-1960s, when artists began creating works that focused on conveying a formulated idea rather than what was literally depicted. These artists followed in the footsteps of Marcel Duchamp and his infamous readymade art object “Fountain” (1917), seeking to question and redefine elements of the art world. This budding movement emphasized the informative aspect of artworks across mediums over their aesthetic qualities. Many artists who worked with conceptual photography, for example, used basic techniques and often produced images with rudimentary focus and clarity. The meaning of these works was instead conveyed through new ranges of expression, including the recontextualization of existing photographs and pairing text with the images, to comment on current social and political issues. These photographers and artists helped redefine contemporary fine art, bringing conceptual photography to the fore as a legitimate artistic style. Though many artists today do not label themselves as conceptual, they pull heavily from the process of conceptual art, tackling social and political issues in their works in a prescriptive manner.

Conceptual art photography is used in a variety of ways to help artists convey their ideas. Artists who take their own photographs often do so without focusing on the aesthetic or technical qualities of the images. Ed Ruscha, for example, took casual snapshots along his road trip for his books like “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” (1963). He often captured part of his car or shadow in these, suggesting their mere existence, as opposed to their compositional elements, were his concern. Ruscha, like other conceptual artists, also borrowed from and parodied existing photographic styles, in this case travel imagery. Many artists recontextualize existing images, culling them from mass media formats like magazines, newspapers, postcards, film and television stills, and even other photographs. Conceptual artists also focus on the informative aspect of the photographic medium, pairing images with language and texts to play with different systems of determining meaning in their works.

Artists famous for working with conceptual photography include Ed Ruscha, Sherrie Levine, and Martha Rosler. Ruscha took rudimentary snapshots of his travels to create books like “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” (1966) and “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” (1963). Levine is known for her “After Walker Evans” series (1981), in which she rephotographed famous Walker Evans photographs, questioning the artistic ownership of these pictures. Rosler paired text with images of empty storefronts in “The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems” (1974-1975) to provide an alternative view of the cliched bum-ridden Bowery and question how truthful photographs really are. Today, artists have turned to digital platforms. Richard Prince continues to explore the field of conceptual photography  on Instagram by posting screenshots of celebrities’ Instagram photos he paired with his own comments. Other artists known for working with conceptual photography include Sol Lewitt, John Baldessari, Hannah Wilke, Bruce Nauman, Hans Haacke, Cindy Sherman, James Casebere, On Kawara, William Anastasi, Douglas Huebler, Laurie Anderson, Adrian Piper, Dennis Oppenheim, and Bernd and Hilla Becher.

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Time Lapse. Sunnyside, Portland - Limited Edition of 25, Photography image
United States
$480
If life give you lemons - Large - Limited Edition of 10, Photography image
$545
Des Monstres V - Limited Edition of 25, 2 AP/ 3 Sold, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,350
brain break - Limited Edition 1 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
$630
Prints from $100
Dream has faded, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$1,390
Flower Triangle - Limited Edition 1 of 1, Photography image
Photography, 49.6 W x 37.8 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$1,990
Emily and the White Horse (medium) - Limited Edition #4 of 8, Photography image
United Kingdom
$1,560
Prints from $80
Wait A Little Longer  - Limited Edition 3 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
Czech Republic
$1,550
THE MENTORS / Artist Proof 3/3, Photography image
Photography, 72 W x 24 H x 1 in
United States
$13,250
AURA, Green - Limited Edition 5 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 24 W x 24 H x 1 in
United States
$4,570
Beautiful Lies (1) - Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 45 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,420
useless words - Limited Edition 1 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.4 in
weighing of the heart - - Limited Edition 1 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 24 W x 16 H x 0.1 in
United States
$835
Hunted - Limited Edition 6 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 48.4 H x 0.1 in
$1,105
Prints from $80
Beautiful Lies (2) Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 45 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,120
the humble hare - extra-large - Limited Edition 1 of 2, Photography image
United States
$1,330
Waiting for the red moon - Limited Edition 1 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0 in
Armchair, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
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
Untitled. - Limited Edition Print, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,480
The Twins & the Green Car - 1 (medium) - Limited Edition #2 of 8, Photography image
United Kingdom
$1,560
Prints from $80
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