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Untitled #4, Ying Chen

Untitled #4

Ying Chen

Photography - 203.2 x 152.4 x 0.3 cm

€3,945

Dice Series 16 Piece Multicolor Twos Installation, Heidler & Heeps

Dice Series 16 Piece Multicolor Twos Installation

Heidler & Heeps

Photography - 150 x 150 x 0.5 cm

€3,211

Plis et déplis, Orlan

Plis et déplis

Orlan

Photography - 27 x 21 cm

€1,250

La Fontaine des Eaux, Linh Jay

La Fontaine des Eaux

Linh Jay

Photography - 29 x 25 x 0.3 cm

€1,800 €1,620

Paris, Nebulosa

Paris

Nebulosa

Photography - 132 x 88 x 1 cm

€3,600

Temporal Perception #225, Serge Hamad

Temporal Perception #225

Serge Hamad

Photography - 76.2 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm

€986

Triptyque (Fragment 3), Temel Nal

Triptyque (Fragment 3)

Temel Nal

Photography - 120 x 93 x 3 cm

€14,550

Levels of Magnetism, Thomas Hagen

Levels of Magnetism

Thomas Hagen

Photography - 50.8 x 76.2 x 1.3 cm

€2,170

Bersama Untuk Menghilang, M.A. Roziq

Bersama Untuk Menghilang

M.A. Roziq

Photography - 120 x 120 x 3 cm

€3,500

Breathe # 202202, Paul Snell

Breathe # 202202

Paul Snell

Photography - 120 x 150 cm

€5,903

HDR Turquoise Surfer, Shawn Ehlers

HDR Turquoise Surfer

Shawn Ehlers

Photography - 81.3 x 81.3 x 2.5 cm

€3,945

Recordings (Bello), Javier Rey

Recordings (Bello)

Javier Rey

Photography - 80 x 53 x 0.1 cm

€986

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

Photo-respiration 1998 Yura #340 (1)

Tokihiro Sato

Photography - 33 x 48.3 cm

€1,480 €1,406

Oceani Mentali N°6, Luca Izzo

Oceani Mentali N°6

Luca Izzo

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm

€1,500

Gina (Butts and crotches), Nagsoul

Gina (Butts and crotches)

Nagsoul

Photography - 60 x 40 cm

€390

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

€1,480

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Color, Contemporary Japanese Photography

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Photography - 48.3 x 33 cm

€1,480 €1,406

Scent of Broq-pa 05312018, Ziesook You

Scent of Broq-pa 05312018

Ziesook You

Photography - 91.44 x 60.96 x 0.1 cm

€1,004

Balancing the Tension Diptych, Jorge Miño

Balancing the Tension Diptych

Jorge Miño

Photography - 182.9 x 268 x 5.1 cm

€10,258

Colors Of Africa: Pretoria 1980, Nils Eichberg

Colors Of Africa: Pretoria 1980

Nils Eichberg

Photography - 50 x 50 cm

€1,150

Twisted Branch, Jan Gordon

Twisted Branch

Jan Gordon

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 x 0.4 cm

€937

L'encre dansant : avril, Tiantian Xu

L'encre dansant : avril

Tiantian Xu

Photography - 100 x 100 cm

€2,200

Shifting the frame 101 (Abstract photography), Jason Engelund

Shifting the frame 101 (Abstract photography)

Jason Engelund

Photography - 76 x 61 cm

€2,184

Magnetic Radiation 02, Seb Janiak

Magnetic Radiation 02

Seb Janiak

Photography - 110 x 110 cm

€5,195

I think the cops traced it back to grimsby. (6), Vianca Reinig

I think the cops traced it back to grimsby. (6)

Vianca Reinig

Photography - 150 x 120 cm

€5,500

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.