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Vinyl Collection 16 Piece Vinyl Installation, Heidler & Heeps

Vinyl Collection 16 Piece Vinyl Installation

Heidler & Heeps

Photography - 150 x 150 x 0.5 cm


Rudiments II, Jeff Robb

Rudiments II

Jeff Robb

Photography - 80 x 80 x 2 cm


Embrasement - Série "Le feu sacré de Prométhée" (1), Marie-Fa Lazzari

Embrasement - Série "Le feu sacré de Prométhée" (1)

Marie-Fa Lazzari

Photography - 30 x 42 x 1 cm


Temporal Perception #225, Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception #225

Serge Hamad

Photography - 76.2 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm


Miami Beach NYE., Luca Artioli

Miami Beach NYE.

Luca Artioli

Photography - 114.3 x 177.8 x 0.3 cm


Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340 (1), Tokihiro Sato

Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340 (1)

Tokihiro Sato

Photography - 33 x 48.3 cm


Untitled #4, Ying Chen

Untitled #4

Ying Chen

Photography - 203.2 x 152.4 x 0.3 cm


Bersama Untuk Menghilang, M.A. Roziq

Bersama Untuk Menghilang

M.A. Roziq

Photography - 120 x 120 x 3 cm


La Fontaine des Eaux, Linh Jay

La Fontaine des Eaux

Linh Jay

Photography - 29 x 25 x 0.3 cm


Love is everything, Justin Chan

Love is everything

Justin Chan

Photography - 120 x 90 x 3 cm


HDR Turquoise Surfer, Shawn Ehlers

HDR Turquoise Surfer

Shawn Ehlers

Photography - 81.3 x 81.3 x 2.5 cm


Triptyque (Fragment 1), Temel Nal

Triptyque (Fragment 1)

Temel Nal

Photography - 120 x 93 x 3 cm


Je mets que des Levi’s 501, Momentum

Je mets que des Levi’s 501


Photography - 45 x 40 x 0.2 cm


L'origine du monde, CallypSö

L'origine du monde


Photography - 58 x 48 x 3 cm


Recordings (Arias), Javier Rey

Recordings (Arias)

Javier Rey

Photography - 80 x 53 x 0.1 cm


Plis et déplis, Orlan

Plis et déplis


Photography - 27 x 21 cm


28° 50' 27.1314" N, 111° 58' 3.4674" W-9, Paola Dávila

28° 50' 27.1314" N, 111° 58' 3.4674" W-9

Paola Dávila

Photography - 38 x 56 x 0.3 cm


Oceani Mentali N°6, Luca Izzo

Oceani Mentali N°6

Luca Izzo

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm


Gina (Butts and crotches), Nagsoul

Gina (Butts and crotches)


Photography - 60 x 40 cm


All things work together for good, Christa David

All things work together for good

Christa David

Photography - 35.56 x 27.94 x 0.2 cm


Metachrome (Homage to the Square: Glow, after Joseph Albers), Vik Muniz

Metachrome (Homage to the Square: Glow, after Joseph Albers)

Vik Muniz

Photography - 102.4 x 101.6 cm


Shifting the frame 101 (Abstract photography), Jason Engelund

Shifting the frame 101 (Abstract photography)

Jason Engelund

Photography - 76 x 61 cm


Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm


A rock cannot burnt to ashes, On Hansen

A rock cannot burnt to ashes

On Hansen

Photography - 69 x 100 x 0.3 cm


Pared el Palmar, Pigment Prints, Miguel Winograd

Pared el Palmar, Pigment Prints

Miguel Winograd

Photography - 110 x 91.9 x 0.3 cm


L'encre dansant : avril, Tiantian Xu

L'encre dansant : avril

Tiantian Xu

Photography - 100 x 100 cm


Collisions 4 Petite Ontologie du Reste, Jacques Renoir

Collisions 4 Petite Ontologie du Reste

Jacques Renoir

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San Francisco, the drunk, Bruno Paget

San Francisco, the drunk

Bruno Paget

Photography - 80 x 120 x 2.7 cm


Abstract Photography for Sale

Abstract photography, also sometimes known as experimental photography, is the art of creating a visual effect with an image that has no immediate attachment to reality, by using processes like focusing, framing, or retouching and editing the photograph in post-processing. For example, an abstract picture can sometimes isolate a fragment of an ordinary image to remove it from its original context and give it a surrealist edge. It can also involve playing with blurring, shadows or lighting, textures or unexpected forms. The image is often created with traditional photographic material (analog or digital cameras, dark room, computer). However, artists can also manipulate and alter the film in order to achieve the desired effect.

The first images known as “abstract photographs" appeared shortly after the invention of photography in the 1830s. In 1842, John William Draper created a new type of images with a spectroscope. This machine dispersed light beams and produced a phenomenon that was previously invisible to the eye. The negatives he produced had nothing in common with the works of other photographers, and they opened the way for innovative photographic works. Draper perceived these images as a scientific discovery, not as artworks, but today his method is widely acclaimed by critics for its inherent originality.

In England, Anna Atkins was also a pioneer of abstract photography; she was the first one to place dry algae on cyanotype paper. This scientific experiment improved photographic techniques by creating unique blue and white images. Moreover, the discovery of X-ray and radioactivity in 1896 provoked a fascination for the invisible and many photographers were immediately drawn to these phenomena. French photographer Louis Darget attempted to capture mental processes by pressing unexposed plates to the foreheads of his and trying to get them to project images from their minds onto the plates. He carried out thousands of similar experiments.

It was only during the 20th century that abstract photography truly became recognised as an artistic practice. Surrealism and cubism started replacing impressionism, especially after the Salon d'Automne in 1903 in Paris. This event highlighted new talents like Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp… Ten years later, in New York, Wassily Kandinsky, Mondrian, Braque and Delaunay shocked audiences. The freedom coming from abstract art inspired some of the greatest photographers to break the rules.

Erwin Quedenfeldt exhibited the first abstract photographs in Cologne in 1914. From 1920 to 1930, Europe became the epicenters of conceptual photography with artists such as Jaroslav Rossler, Josef Sudeck, and Rössler exploring abstraction.

Post-processing became more central to photographic works in the 60s and the 70s, with artists like Josef Newman. Eventually, the growing popularity of computers in the 90s and the 2000s opened up infinite possibilities for creating original work. Some contemporary photographers like Peter Klasen, Dominic Harris, or Nicolas Dubreuille combine photography with other mediums.

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What is considered abstract photography?

Abstract photography refers to images created using photography equipment that do not directly represent the real visual world as we see it. Abstract photographers use different techniques to manipulate the image captured by the camera. 

What makes good abstract photography?

There are different factors in what makes a good abstract photograph, including composition, color, tone, lighting and mystery. 

What are the different types of abstract photography?

There are many different ways to produce an abstract photograph. Techniques can include moving the camera during exposure, playing with light and reflections, using different angles, and experimenting with production techniques.