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    Well, I have read almost everything written here about Fine Art Photography and still don't understand.

    In Spanish, there is a similar concept, Bellas Artes (=Fine Arts), that applies to the six tradicional arts: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Declamation and Dance. Theater was included in Music and Poetry in Declamation. Later, cinema was added to the list and in Spanish, it is called "el séptimo Arte", the seventh Art.

    But photography is not in yet.

    Anyway, as far as I understand the whole thing (Art), it seems that, you are not considered an artist (in any media) unless some influential critic says that.

    And back to fine art photography, every month, there is a section in Black & White Photography magazine ( the British one) called Golden Oldie. In it, the work of a photographer from other time is shown. Most of them were magazine photographers (Life, Picture Post, Town & Country, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, etc) and the pictures show the elegant and beautiful people of the time, as well as other artists and now, all this images are own by Getty Images. Well at the end of the section you could read:
    "Fine-art prints of these classic images, and many others, can be purchased through the Getty Images Gallery by calling...".

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by goros
    And back to fine art photography, every month, there is a section in Black & White Photography magazine ( the British one) called Golden Oldie. In it, the work of a photographer from other time is shown. Most of them were magazine photographers (Life, Picture Post, Town & Country, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, etc) and the pictures show the elegant and beautiful people of the time, as well as other artists and now, all this images are own by Getty Images. Well at the end of the section you could read:
    "Fine-art prints of these classic images, and many others, can be purchased through the Getty Images Gallery by calling...".

    Cheers
    I hope none of those guys were paid for their work, because if they were, there goes the purity.

    It's just crass commercialism.

    Please note sarcasm.


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    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    Fine art? I know it when I see it.

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    I always assume nekkid girls when I see "Fine Art Photography"

    but that is just me.

    lee\c

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    I always assume nekkid girls when I see "Fine Art Photography"

    but that is just me.

    lee\c
    Not that there's anything wrong with that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky
    Not that there's anything wrong with that.


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    As long as they're printed on fibre-based paper of course

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    must be the season of the witch

    Fine art photography-everyone knows what that is right? :rolleyes: You have to use a large format camera (preferably 8x10 or bigger) made from the wood of an ancient mallorn tree by the elves of Lothlorien under a starry sky and fitted with a Dagor made in Nargothrond or Gondolin during the First Age of Middle Earth-luckily I have one .MF is ok as long as you use something with Zeiss lenses (otherwise you're a wedding photographer) and 35 mm is just about ok as long as you use either a Leica RF or something that hasn't been made since 1956 ....Film has to be b&w of course, preferably as close to an old style thick emulsion type as possible (TMAX???!!! ) and developed in Pyro.Prints MUST be on FB paper developed in an ancient amidol formula handed down through the generations-black stained fingers are essential for maximum credibility and don't forget to wax lyrical about how good Medalist, Azo etc were compared to those rubbishy modern papers (no silver in them, y'know...).Simple really :rolleyes: ... but of course there's a lot more to fine art photography than just equipment and techniques. Photographers like John Blakemore and Paul Caponigro produce beautifully crafted prints which are full of vision -mere technique alone is not enough to achieve this level of work. You must work at really SEEING Grasshopper!
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    Perhaps, the truth is out there.
    Today, I sold my Ilfochromes right next to a booth selling "Hand-made Fine Art Soap Bars." They looked and smelled real nice, so I concluded that "Fine Art is in the armpits of the smeller."

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    Fine art photography = Phi * $10 * (((# of "art" classes taken)^(# of non-art friends the "artist" has)) * (# of times "artist" mentions "vision" in their artist's statement) * (# of times per day "artist" says people don't understand "art") )/((average edition size) *(# of "fine art" photos "artist" has actually sold)*(# of shots per film type used))

    Phi = "Fineness Factor"
    = 1 for digicrap
    = 2 for "traditional" color
    = 3 for "silver gelatin" B&W
    = 4 for "archivally toned" B&W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terence View Post
    Fine art photography = Phi * $10 * (((# of "art" classes taken)^(# of non-art friends the "artist" has)) * (# of times "artist" mentions "vision" in their artist's statement) * (# of times per day "artist" says people don't understand "art") )/((average edition size) *(# of "fine art" photos "artist" has actually sold)*(# of shots per film type used))

    Phi = "Fineness Factor"
    = 1 for digicrap
    = 2 for "traditional" color
    = 3 for "silver gelatin" B&W
    = 4 for "archivally toned" B&W
    Finally, something that makes some sense!!!



 

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