Whilst it is now a medium accessible to all, the history of photography is both fascinating and complex. Since it was first invented in 1826 (for which we owe a great debt to Joseph Nicéphore Niepce), photography art has gone from strength to strength. From natural to urban settings, portraits, nudes, wildlife photography, and black and white photography, KAZoART offers a wide selection of contemporary photography art for sale honoring the up-and-coming photographers of tomorrow!
It was in 1826 that Joseph Nicéphore Niepce used a camera obscura to produce the first stable photographic image on paper coated in silver nitrate. Although it was only a slightly out-of-focus negative, after a few days of exposure time the revolution was under way.
Louis Daguerre then reduced development times with daguerreotype, which was commercialized in 1893. The images produced through the process, which were still in black and white, were clearer and of a higher quality. It was a major turning point in the democratization of photography, rejuvenating the very concept of the portrait. Whether they knew it or not, their pictures were photography art as they have now become such and can be found in fine art photography museums all over the world.
Color did not arrive until 1907, with the invention of the Autochrome, the world’s first color camera, thanks to the work of Henry Fox Talbot. These cameras nonetheless remained very expensive, until the arrival of color photography in 1936, when Kodachrome film was released, offering a quicker and more accessible process.
Progress in the field of photography and photography art continued until 1990, when the first digital camera - the Dycam Model 1 - was launched on the market. And the rest...is fine art photography history!
Many photographers have their own unique style and universe. The camera, lens and type of film used are some of the key elements that mark one artist out from another and differentiate their photography art.
Next comes framing, the addition or removal of materials, special processes, retouches, contrast and more. All of which means that today’s fine art photographers have real control over their images. Some photographers also deal with recurring subjects, such as portraits, landscapes, cities, and architecture, sometimes in a specific genre, such as black and white, film or digital.
At KAZoART you will find a vast selection of artistic photography and photography art. From close-ups to wide-angles, monochromes to color, we have curated a selection of contemporary photos from talented artists which you can explore in our catalogue of photographic art for sale!