Is photography art? This is a hot discussion in many online forums and has been a subject of debate since photography was invented. There are many iconic photographs and beautiful studies of the human form, landscapes, cityscapes and abstract images that are without doubt of high artistic value. There is also the question of when does a photograph become a ‘painting’? My personal view is when it is manipulated so far in Photoshop or similar software that it ceases to look like a photo and looks more like a painting. However, would you agree? Fine Art images can come from several sources:
- An original photograph without manipulation
- A photograph that has been manipulated into an artistic image
- Digital art created/drawn entirely in the computer
- Original paintings or drawings
To make a print, the image needs to be digital. No problem for the first three. For original art works there are companies that provide some really top class digitization of paintings and drawings by highly specialist photography or by high end scanning. Cruse scanners can scan originals up to 2 m x 3 m. The results are brilliant – the lighting can either be adjusted to give a flat image and colours, or to show every brushstroke, so much so that, when they are printed, people touch the print to feel the brush stroke! Digitising and printing original artwork opens up whole new markets and new revenue streams for artists. Limited edition prints allow them to sell to clients who may not be able to afford an original. Sometimes artists will embellish a printed image, for example by addition of pearlescent or metallic paint, and add further to its value as a semi-original! The UK based Fine Art Trade Guild offers guidance on giclee printing, print life, framing and also guidelines on publishing limited editions. We are pleased to see more and more photographers and artists choosing ChromaLuxe HD Metal aluminium panels for exhibiting their work in high end galleries and fine art shows. We also saw print prices ranging from €1000 – €6000 at the recent Affordable Art Fair and Accessible Art Fair. Photograph or Art? – In the end the choice is yours; we all see images in different ways and we decide what we like or do not like, whatever the critics might say.
Some of the artists and photographers using ChromaLuxe can be found in the Gallery section of our web site at http://www.chromaluxe-square.com/gallery.htm
This selection is being added to on a regular basis.
Charline Lancel – whose op-art style images are created entirely in Photoshop.
Alain Trellu – who takes amazing photos of his native Brussels and then adds a new dimension.
Colin Prior – Scottish photographer who specializes in amazing panoramas and has long been a respected figure in the fine art market.
Benoit Pay – human studies reflected in marble.
Nic Gaunt – English photographer based in Hong Kong – famous for his unusual style.
Charles Henniker-Heaton has over 30 years experience in the imaging industry, first at Durst and then at Fujifilm as a senior manager involved in retail photo, chemicals and since 2006 as European Marketing Manager for large format printing. He joined ChromaLuxe EMEA in 2014 in charge of European Business Development for large format.