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In 1826, when the first stable photographic image on paper was produced, no one could have foreseen the wide-ranging effects that photography would have on the course of history--and on the art world in particular. An amazing photograph not only frames and captures a brief moment in time, but it speaks volumes through a complex interplay between subject matter, light, contrast, texture, and color. Whether you favor still life, nature, landscape, or street photography, we’re sure you’ll find work you love within Saatchi Art’s wide selection of artistic photography art for sale by some of the world’s most talented up-and-coming photographers.

Joseph Nicephore Niepce, in 1826, used a camera obscura to produce the first stable photographic image (a negative) upon silver nitrate-coated paper--but this image took several days of exposure time, and the resulting picture was unclear. Later, Louis Daguerre developed a technique of developing images on metal that reduced exposure time and created sharper, more stable pictures. His “daguerreotype” process was commercially released in 1893 and helped popularize photographic technology around the world among the middle classes, especially in the area of portraiture. Paper-based methods (using translucent negatives) first developed by Henry Fox Talbot  would eventually replace the metal-based daguerreotype. The first commercially-available color photography process, Autochrome, was released in 1907 and was based on innovations by Louis Ducos Hauron and Charles Cros. However, these processes proved too expensive for the general public, and it wasn’t until Kodachrome film (a more affordable and quicker process) was made available in 1936 that color photography came into widespread public use. The next major revolution in photography would come in 1990 when the first commercially-available digital camera, the Dycam Model 1, was released.

In addition to choosing the appropriate camera, lens, and film, and then framing and timing a shot, photographers can choose to use filters, lights, special darkroom processes, and digital enhancement (among other tools and techniques) to gain a high level of control over their images. The equipment and techniques chosen largely depend on the genre, the photographer’s individual style, and the overall mood/effect they are attempting to achieve. Portrait and animal photographers wishing to make an individual subject (or a group) the focal point for a shot may use a large aperture for a shallow depth of field to put their subject(s) in focus while keeping the background blurred. Landscape photographers wanting to clearly capture an entire panoramic view may choose the opposite. Choosing black and white over color gives a timeless quality to photos and brings elements  such as line, texture, and tone to the forefront. The choice of black and white (or another monotone process) may also help lead the eye away from elements which distract from the photographer’s intended focus. Though some photography purists insist on forgoing digital enhancement of any kind, many choose to use it to retouch imperfections and enhance color, among other effects.

Prominent 19th century photographers include Oscar Rejlander (known for his photomontage images), Julia Cameron (celebrity portraits), Eadward Muybridge (California landscapes), and Albert Bierstadt (American West landscapes). These early pioneers of artistic photography helped gain acceptance of photography as an art form rather than as a mere method of documentation. Well known photographers of the  early 20th century include Alfred Stieglitz (photographer and founder of one of the world’s most prominent photography art galleries, Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession), Edward Weston (landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits), and Man Ray, an avant garde photographer who was a proponent of both Dadaism and Surrealism. Well-known photojournalists include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr, and Alfred Eisenstaedt. Ansel Adams and William Henry Jackson are giants in the field of landscape photography, while famous names in portrait photography include Dorothea Lange, Edward Curtis, Seydou Keita, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, and Annie Leibovitz. Renowned fashion photographers include Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, and Patrick Demarchelier.

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Walking Distance, Limited edition 2 of 6, Photography image
Photography, 98.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
$5,410
Malta No.3 (Framed) Signed Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 13 W x 16.9 H x 1.2 in
Hong Kong
$500
Drawing the Line, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 20 H x 3 in
United States
$680
Prints from $47
Sand Origami Circus - Limited Edition 1 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 16 H x 1 in
United States
$1,280
Cephalaria Gigantea II - Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 30 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,035
Prints from $99
He was ideal, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 in
$995
Prints from $100
xtraterrestrial no. 1 - Limited Edition 1 of 6, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 30 H x 2 in
United States
$1,680
Physalis Peruviana II - Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 30 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,035
Prints from $99
The Pity, Photography image
Photography, 36 W x 24 H x 1 in
United States
$1,030
Jump For Joy, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 30 H x 3 in
United States
$880
Prints from $47
STREET FASHION MANILA - Photography Art Installation, Photography image
Photography, 86.6 W x 61 H x 1.2 in
$3,659
Antirrhinum II - Limited Edition, Photography image
Photography, 20 W x 30 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,035
Prints from $99
NEW RUNAWAY - Limited Edition 2 of 3, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 56 H x 0.3 in
United States
$780
Pastel en mouvement n° 5- Limited Edition 1 of 1, Photography image
Photography, 13.8 W x 13.8 H x 0.6 in
$510
Deep Blue Physalia - Limited Edition 1 of 1, Photography image
Photography, 22 W x 30 H x 1.8 in
United States
$670
Inventory 1-A, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.4 in
$640
Prints from $40
Light Shower - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 18 W x 12 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1,380
Women as Birds-"Wise Owl" - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
United States
$595
Prints from $100
Show Off, Photography image
Photography, 12 W x 8 H x 2 in
United States
$330
Prints from $47
Havana Dancer I, Photography image
Photography, 11.8 W x 7.9 H x 0.4 in
$830
Prints from $180
#Painting is shawl - Limited Edition 1 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 22 H x 1.2 in
Czech Republic
$929
brush chinois - Limited Edition 1 of 7, Photography image
Photography, 15.5 W x 25.5 H x 1 in
United States
$1,380
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