A Guide to Buying
Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography covers a myriad of subjects cast in a variety of contexts, depending on the photographer’s approach. Much forethought and planning go into a photographer’s craft, as everything from lighting, angle, perspective, and environmental conditions to the way the camera is used needs to be taken into account in order to create the image the artist has envisioned. Photography has been termed the union of art and science, and the technical aspects of this art form certainly play a significant role in the finished product. If you’re in the market for a photographic print, there are certain things to consider before making that purchase. Here’s a brief guide to buying photography.

Knowing Where to Look

There are many venues through which photographic prints are bought and sold. These days, the easiest and simplest is probably online, where there is a phenomenal range of work to be found. With the advent of the Internet, you now have access to galleries such as Art-Mine wherever you are in the world, from the comfort of your own home. You can sort through the photographic collections and see what’s available for purchase. Just be careful to distinguish between photographic versions of well known works, or made-for-you portraits, and fine art photography, which will often be a section within an online gallery that sells a range of art, just as Art-Mine does. If you are only interested in local artists or art, local galleries or auction houses are also worth considering in your hunt. If what you want is a very specific subject or photographer, contact Art-Mine or another photo dealer to see if they can help you.

Choosing a Print

Buyers of fine art photography are sometimes driven by subject but are more often drawn to aspect, quality, and technical rendering. Other more personal elements that come into play here have to do with taste, style, emotional appeal, and of course, what one can afford. Many buyers rely primarily on instinct, on what draws them to a particular image and compels them to come back for a second look. Taking the time to look around and become familiar with the photographic techniques and approaches that appeal to you will go a long way toward helping you find a print that you resonate with. Once you find that piece, be sure to consult the gallery or online seller to find out what information they have on its background. Knowing what the photographer has to say about an image’s inspiration and particular story can imbue a new layer of meaning in that particular print.

Caring for Your Photographic Print

Any piece of artwork that you purchase for your home is an investment that’s certain to add to the beauty and depth of your home décor. You want that beauty to last, which means that proper care must be taken to preserve it. In terms of photography, have the print framed in a non-glare glass, which will help protect it against potentially damaging ultraviolet light. Matting the photograph not only adds to it visually but also helps protect it from damage from the glass. When deciding where to hang a photograph, avoid places that receive direct sunlight.

When buying photography, by following your instincts and using a little common sense, you can discover just what you’re looking for. Interest in fine art photography continues to increase, making this an excellent art form around which to build a collection.

We invite you to browse our collection of Fine Art Photography for sale now!

This article was written for ARTmine by Laura Monroe.

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