FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY ACCORDING TO ARWE
What is fine art photography?
It’s a question I get asked a lot. Unsurprisingly so, since art is and always has been a subject of many a perspective.
To answer it plainly, to me, fine art photography is uncompromisingly subtle. Yet has the ability to speak volumes, depending on whom you may ask. Fine art photography conveys the subjective intent and vision of the artist that creates the photo, instead of the objective truth.
A fine art photo is a medium to convey a message. It can be silent, yet loud.
The fine art photo
Therefore a fine art photo is nothing less than the embodied vision of the artist. While commercial photography might display the same surrealism as a fine art photo, we can’t call commercial photography fine art photography.
A fine art photo differs from a normal ‘’artistic’’ photograph in the sense that the former is quite premeditated. It revolves around the subjective intent of the creating artist and not only that which is presented on the photograph.
The same goes for photojournalism. The end results are often too different, since the concepts come from different visions and different places.
But what truly constitutes a fine art photo?
I believe the fundament lies in the artist’s vision. That is to say: there needs be a clear vision of what the photograph should be, show and tell, and how to achieve that vision. Fine art photography is always about an emotion, idea or message. The message of the artist.