Art photography is photography made in accordance with the artist's vision as a photographer.

Art photography is in contrast to representative photograph, such as photojournalism,

providing a documentary visual guide to themes and specific events, literally re-presenting

objective reality rather than the subjective intention of the photographer; is

commercial photography, the primary objective is to advertise products or services.


A photograph historian said that "the first member of 'Fine Art' or photography composition was John Edwin Mayall," which exhibited daguerreotypes that illustrate the Lord's Prayer in 1851 ". [15] successful attempts to make art photography can be traced to the Victorian era professionals as Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Oscar Gustave Rejlander and others. USF Holland Day, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen helped make photography an art, and Stieglitz was particularly notable for the introduction in museum collections.

In the UK, recently, in 1960, photography was not really recognized as a fine art. Dr SDJouhar said, when he formed the Photographic Fine Art Association at that time - "At the moment the photograph is not generally recognized as something more than a trade in the United States photograph was openly accepted as Fine Art in certain official circles En .. it is shown in galleries and exhibitions as art. there is no recognition that corresponds in this country. The London Salon shows pictorial photography, but it is not generally understood as art. If a job shows aesthetic qualities or is not 'pictorial photography', which is a very ambiguous term. The photographer himself must have confidence in his work and in his dignity and aesthetic value, to force recognition as an art rather than a craft "

Until the end of 1970 different kinds predominate, such as; nudes, portraits, landscapes (exemplified by Ansel Adams). Breakthrough 'star' artists in the 1970s and '80s, such as Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Farber, and Cindy Sherman, still relied heavily on these genres, but to see them with new eyes. Others have studied a snapshot aesthetic approach.