History Of Photo Prints
Photography developed as a series of chemical experiments, each of which added to the potential and abilities of the medium. In 1826, Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first successful negative photograph, and a little more than a decade later, Louis Daguerre’s well-known daguerreotype process went public. As the demand for photographic portraits increased, refinements in the exposure time and picture quality vastly improved. Further developments in black and white, and eventually color, film pushed photography to the fore as an easily accessible fine art medium. Today, photographers often issue limited photo prints of their images and work with both digital and analog cameras and equipment. Famous early photographers include Ansel Adams, who is known for his landscape pictures, Surrealist Man Ray, and photojournalist Dorothea Lange. Alfred Stieglitz is credited with taking the first modernist photographs. His works like the “Equivalent” series (1925-1931) shifted the camera lens to more abstract compositions. Iconic photographs include Steve McCurry’s National Geographic cover “Afghan Girl” (1984) and Robert Doisneau’s “Kiss by the Town Hall” (1950). Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Hans Bellmer, Diane Arbus, Edward Weston, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Herb Ritts are also among those known for their images and photo art prints.
Decorating With Photo Prints
There are many options for decorating with photography and no hard and fast rules to follow, but here are some guidelines to help you get started. If you prefer an organized look (say, for an office), choose matching frames and prints of equal size, arranging them in rows or in a symmetrical pattern on the wall. Many opt to decorate exclusively with black and white photography for their timeless quality, understated beauty, and for how they easily coordinate with any existing color scheme. However, if you’re decorating a room that needs a splash of color, or if you’d like the photos to be a focal point in the space, opt for larger photo prints in bold, vivid colors. If you crave more visual interest and the decor is eclectic, try arranging a group of photos asymmetrically, using various print sizes and mismatching frames as well as a balanced combination of both color and black and white images. To help you get started, view Saatchi Art’s curated collection of photo prints today.
Gifting With Photo Prints
Consider giving photo prints as gifts to those who love fine art photography or who have a deep interest in subjects commonly represented in photos such as, animals, nature, fine food, and urban scenes. For example, a fan of classical music may enjoy Last Symphony by Eugene Soloviev; someone interested in photographic portraiture may appreciate Liberator of the Sun by Tijana Djindjic; and a fan of surrealistic film and photography may be interested in The Remembrances of the Soul by Michael Vincent Manal.