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With 11,054 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality still life photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

Still life photography has its roots in the centuries-old tradition of still life painting--both of which give the artist complete control over the image’s lighting, composition, and subject matter. Masters of still life photography plan their images down to the last detail--selecting, arranging, and lighting objects in ways that are not only pleasing to the eye, but that communicate a unique, artistic vision. The earliest black and white still life photographs were composed in the vein of traditional still life painting--many featuring tables set with fruit, flowers, and various decorative items. Today’s still life photographers remain meticulous in preparation, yet are far more experimental in terms of subject matter, mood, and composition, creating inventive images that can both surprise and inspire us. If you’re an admirer of still lifes, we invite you to browse through our global selection of both limited and open edition photography prints now. We’re proud to be able to offer incredibly beautiful still life photography for sale by talented up-and-coming photographers from around the world.

Early still life photography heavily drew inspiration from traditional still life paintings, though later photographs approached the genre through the lens of various modern artistic movements.  Photographers often turned to still lifes for practical reasons. They could have more control over the lighting and the placement of the subjects themselves. In still life photography, these included fruits, glassware, vases, and flowers. These still life photographs also served as archives, cataloguing one’s belongings as a kind of proof of ownership. During the 20th century, photographers began adding more artistic touches to their still life compositions, using soft focus lenses and playing with light and shadow to create images that approached the aesthetic of prints and drawings. Contemporary still life photographs similarly recall past styles, but with newer technologies, the range of potential subjects has expanded to include objects in motion.

Although the first artists to experiment with still life photography created black and white images, they focused on the interaction between the objects themselves to create more dynamic compositions. Photographers deliberately chose and arranged the objects they photographed, meaning they made decisions regarding any symmetry, diagonals, or contrast in textures. Some artists experimented with layering these items and taking aerial shots as opposed to photographing an arrangement on a table. Photographers also created interactions between these subjects and the surrounding environment, capturing window reflections and controlling the play of light and shadow to approach other artistic movements like Surrealism. Contemporary photographers utilize fast shutter speeds to take freeze frame photographs of objects in motion, producing still lifes of scenes that existed for only a split second.

Henry Fox Talbot published a book of his photographic experiments in “The Pencil of Nature” (1844). His still life “The Open Door” (1844) plays with light and shadow, while “Articles of China” (1844) demonstrates the genre’s role as a cataloguing device. Paul Outerbridge is famed for playing with dark shadows to create Surrealist still lifes like “Ide Collar” (1922). More contemporary examples of still life photographs include Bill Owens’ documentation of the homes of post-war working class Americans and Robert Mapplethorpe’s monochrome photographs of flowers. Photographer Ori Gersht is known for freezing flowers and photographing their explosions in works like “Blow Up: Untitled 15” (2007). Other masters of still life photography include Josef Sudek, Robert Fenton, Adolphe Braun, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Sharon Core, Jonathan Lovekin, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

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Sea Star #2 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 32 W x 40 H x 0.3 in
United States
$1,580
Armchair, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
Flowers 26, Limited edition 1/25, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0 in
$240
WHISTLER PEAK I - Limited Edition of 25, Photography image
Photography, 71 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United States
$3,970
WHISTLER PEAK II - Limited Edition of 25, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,070
Little Box in color, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.4 in
$510
cradle - Limited Edition 2 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$1,580
Coleoptera, Photography image
Photography, 41 W x 40 H x 0.3 in
United States
$1,580
bleu no. 5 - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 12.3 W x 15.5 H x 1 in
United States
$795
Imagination, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
CameraSelfie #25 - Large Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$1,600
Prints from $55
The Big Bang #3 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 30 H x 0.3 in
United States
$1,280
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
Flowers 36, Limited edition 2/25, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0 in
$240
Resting pots, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$1,100
Prints from $50
Ecosystem IX, Limited Edition 2/7, Photography image
Photography, 22 W x 33.1 H x 0 in
$1,250
enlightenment, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
Kinetic Structure/White Limited Edition 1/5, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0 in
Bulgaria
$340
CameraSelfie #47 - Large Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$1,600
Prints from $55
Pastel, Photography image
Photography, 31.2 W x 46.8 H x 0.1 in
$2,190
[egg#7] Part II Limited Edition #2/5, Photography image
Photography, 21.3 W x 21.3 H x 0 in
Bulgaria
$550
water Ikebana - Limited Edition 1 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 27 H x 1 in
$910
CameraSelfie #33 - Large Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$1,400
Prints from $55
Compressed flowers, Untitled 4 - Limited Edition 1 of 50, Photography image
$250
Prints from $70
Blue patterns, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$1,109
Prints from $50
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