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ronlamarsh
01-21-2012, 06:37 PM
I see more and more people setting up web sites (I plan to do one myself some day) to show and sell their photographs. A lot of them describe their work as Fine Art Photography whether it is darkroom produced or from an inkjet printer. Some of these people may be experienced and some not so.

So can someone define "Fine Art Photography" for me please? Does it matter how it is produced? Are we all Fine Art Photographers?

Peter

p.s. Apologies if this is in the wrong forum section.

REad James joyces' "portrait of an artist as a young man". Briefly there is didatic art, that which attemps to teach or comment, such as photojournalism: there is pronograrphic art, that which attempts to focus attention on a beautiful object i.e. landscape filled with color etc. and what the hero of the book described as pure art, that which is inspired from an inner knowing and connects with the viewer such that they are similiarly inspired but cannot define it. It is like a Zen spiritual experience in which the meditator experiences reality but cannot define it.
I had an experience once while viewing an original Dali painting. I could not tell you what it meant but viewing it started a chilling vibration in my feet that ran through my entire body.

Roger Hicks
07-11-2012, 02:49 PM
Go to Arles, the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world. First week in July: this year's has just finished.

Cheers,

R.

praktica
04-07-2013, 05:38 PM
It's fine art if it's really good.

French_chemist
01-25-2014, 04:38 AM
Go to Arles, the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world. First week in July: this year's has just finished.

Cheers,

R.

You were there this year - 2013 - mainly balck and white ?
What was your favorite ?

I was really impressed by moon lights from Hiroshi Sugimoto (http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/) and by Fauquet (a very intimate installation) http://jmfauquet.weebly.com/


Concerning the discussion about fine art, I think in France it is important to make distinction from "l'art" which sound like "lard" ( https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU8yZ-i1zO1zVqLHZpiTzo9uJbW1SloJju4t6hYDIY_G81BlwI7g ) :D

benjiboy
01-28-2014, 05:02 PM
Why are photographers so angtious if their work is " fine art"', most of the work that they produce these days that I see I don't even consider competant photography. Anybody can call themselves "artists", and their work " fine art", but to me self advertisement is no recommendation.

Mainecoonmaniac
01-28-2014, 06:29 PM
In terms of art, there are applied arts and fine arts. Applied arts is used in practical application like commercial photography while fine arts is displayed in galleries and museums. But they are not mutually exclusive. Some photographers as most know do both.

RalphLambrecht
01-28-2014, 07:57 PM
to me it means:traditional subjectsproduced withe utmostcare and the very best materials, including mounting ,matting and framing

RalphLambrecht
01-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Not that I'm any expert, but lurking through all the old forum posts last night I actually came across this answer to this very question, posted by David Hall:

it's art if you say it is, as the artist. It's fine art of the rest of the world agrees.

To me, that about sums it up.

priceless answer
:D

irvd2x
01-28-2014, 10:59 PM
Fine Art is to the eyes what Fine Dining is to the palate.

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Mainecoonmaniac
01-28-2014, 11:27 PM
Fine Art is to the eyes what Fine Dining is to the palate.

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You might like this.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2009/10/28/who-needs-the-french-laundry-when-we-have-dennys/

irvd2x
01-29-2014, 01:03 AM
You might like this.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2009/10/28/who-needs-the-french-laundry-when-we-have-dennys/

Love it!

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Burkards
07-15-2014, 05:38 AM
I think fine art is basically a synonym to a masterpiece. Meaning, a work that has been produced in order to show off the skill of the artist, done with the greatest care and attention to detail from actually creating the work and then presenting it. It's possible to analyze what makes a specific work of art "fine art", but there's not a lot to analyze when it comes to fine art in general.

benjiboy
08-22-2014, 08:58 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine_art

RalphLambrecht
08-24-2014, 11:32 PM
Not that I'm any expert, but lurking through all the old forum posts last night I actually came across this answer to this very question, posted by David Hall:

it's art if you say it is, as the artist. It's fine art of the rest of the world agrees.

To me, that about sums it up.

... and is willing to pay for it!:laugh:

TheFlyingCamera
08-25-2014, 02:32 PM
Sometimes... sometimes "fine art" is a code word for "non-pornographic pictures of naked women". I use the specific gender because it covers the vast majority of the abusers of the term 'fine art', but it can apply to "pictures of naked men" as well. Regardless of the gender, it usually has a certain, distinctive look to it, that like pornography, is very hard to define but you know it when you see it.

oldtimermetoo
10-28-2014, 10:17 PM
It is difficult to define "art," but it is easy to define "fine art."

"Fine art" is art for display only, not for illustration, document, journalistic purposes, commercial applications, advertisement, etc. "Fine art" does not mean "art" or "good art" or "great art."

"Fine art" is opposed to "applied art." Specific works of "fine art" may be crap, and specific works of "applied art" or "illustration" may be great art, but there is nothing in the terms "fine art" or "applied art" that suggests one or the other.

"Fine artist" is something you can put on your tax forms. "Artist" is something that it is up to future generations to decide.
So, David, how does this differ from the old term we used in the past called "Pictorial"? They sure look about the same to me. In fact wouldn't PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER look better on your business cards than Fine Art Photographer? Maybe not the "In" term anymore but a lot more "classy"......Regards

digital&film
10-28-2014, 10:53 PM
Fine Art: http://lenscratch.com/

jovo
11-03-2014, 06:26 AM
So, David, how does this differ from the old term we used in the past called "Pictorial"? They sure look about the same to me. In fact wouldn't PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER look better on your business cards than Fine Art Photographer? Maybe not the "In" term anymore but a lot more "classy"......Regards

Pictorial photography is a style rather than overall term referring to images that meet David's criteria. There's a good summary on Wikipedia that covers the typical elements of that approach.

I just avoid the words 'fine art' altogether. My business card says, "John Voss, Photographs". It will only take a second or so for anyone looking at my blog to realize I'm not the guy to hire for their wedding, bar mitzvah, or other event. ;)