Snapshots on Collecting Fine Art Photography
There is something peculiar about photography. Part reality, part fantasy the best photos have a knack for recalling and questioning the guts of life - memory, identity and perspective. This is no truer than in fine art photography. For both burgeoning and established collectors, photography can offer affordable, accessible and surprising insights into modern life. To get your collection snap happy, we’ve put together a brief guide what to consider when collecting fine art photography.
Essentially, there are two types of fine art photography - digital and film. Either can be digitally or materially altered, any edition and any size. Generally, we consider lower edition numbers to be of higher value. In the case of photography, it's particularly worthwhile uncovering the artist’s process.
Photography can be misconstrued as an ‘easy’ artform - but this isn’t accurate. On the contrary photographers, in the absence of paint or clay have the space to hone their own, unique processes. Some photographers can spend weeks, months or years out in the ‘field’ studying their subject matter. Other sit in studios, dark rooms or behind screens tinkering with reality.
To find out more about mediums and techniques, check out our glossary of fine art photography terms.
In the digital age, photography surrounds us. This ubiquity can turn us off photos as a fine art medium - but it shouldn’t. If anything, photography - in the thick of technology and life, has the ability to provoke awe like few other mediums. When photography first emerged, those snapping pics were dubbed the ‘Pictures Generation’. Now with constant innovations hitting photography, this generation seems as strong as ever.