How to Collect Photography

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Are you a photography lover and interested in collecting?

With a rich and relatively recent history of pushing the boundaries of art, photography persists as an exciting frontier for experimentation and expression. As an art form as diverse as it is pervasive, thanks to its accessibility and the variety of tools and techniques available, this art format is teeming with an enthusiastic following. Want to start collecting photography? Read on to learn the magic behind this often mystified medium.

How was photography invented?

The beginnings of photography come from the “darkroom”, a box (or entire room) with a small hole that allowed the rays of light to project an image upside down outside on the opposite wall. Although this phenomenon has been used since ancient times, it was not until 1826 that the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce managed to produce the first known permanent photograph. In 1839, Niépce's partner, Louis Daguerre, unveiled a faster process, which produced a sharp, unique image on silver-plated copper, known as a daguerreotype. Already at that time in England, William Henry Fox Talbot developed the paper-based calotype process, which produced photo negatives that could be used to print multiple copies of an image. In 1888, George Eastman introduced the first portable roll-film camera, the Kodak, putting the power of capturing an image in the hands of the general public. What followed was a boom technological and artistic.

Joseph Nicephore Niépce | Magazine | P55.ART

The turn to the 20th century: Is photography art?

In the early 20th century, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson began to produce aesthetically conscious images in order to elevate photography. However, during this time of economic hardship, some of the most celebrated photographs were not created under the guise of fine art photography, but of documentation. For example, Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans worked with the United States government to document Americans affected by the Great Depression, capturing moving images that still resonate with audiences today. The boundary between fine art and vernacular photography (the use of photography in scientific, advertising, personal, and political settings) makes the medium an instigator for conversations about what art can be.

Dorothea Lange | Magazine | P55.ART

What are the techniques and terms used in photography?

— Analog is an umbrella term for film, as opposed to digital photography, which allows infinite pictures to be taken and easily edited.
— Black and white photos can be produced with film or digital techniques for a timeless style.
— Silver gelatin printing involves the use of fibrous paper coated with silver halides suspended in gelatin, a common process for black and white film photography in the 20th century.
— C-Type, or chromogenic prints, are made from photo paper exposed to color negatives.
— Cyanotype photos use chemicals that create images of Prussian Blue when exposed to light.
— Double exposure refers to overlaying multiple exposures to create layered images.

Photography invites artists to critically engage with the medium, largely because of its purported ability to capture objective reality. Conceptual artists such as Jeff Wall use photography to question the very notion of a true image, creating elaborately staged and highly edited photo montages that viewers take for granted.

Also involved with issues of prejudice and objectivity, many famous photographers such as Nan Goldin and Carrie Mae Weems use the medium to explore identity and underrepresented communities through portraits and figurative work. In addition to the human figure, photographers also explore nature and landscape. An example of this is the Portuguese photographer Pedro Narra who has traveled the world capturing photographs of natural life. From New Zealand to Rwanda, from Australia to Guinea-Bissau, the Portuguese artist shows the beauty of the animals that inhabit these territories in a unique way. His journey began with the dolphins of the Sado and more recently he created the Selvagens collection on the plants involved in the walks and between the rocks in the same place. in an interview Pedro Narra said about this collection: “I gave them the highlight, the beauty, which I thought I should give them.” His work has won several awards such as those developed on the island of Poilão, in the Bijagós archipelago, which won third prize in the SOS Endangered Species - Photo reportage category in the 5th edition of the Nature Images Awards 2015 contest - a series of photographs about the conservation work on green turtles in that Guinea-Bissau archipelago.

All the information you need to collect photography

At P55.ART we always advise our customers to buy what they love. Given the immediate impact of photography, falling in love with a photograph is easy – look for the subjects, places and ideas you are passionate about, and you are sure to find photos that will delight you. Photography is a great means of entry into the art collection. As they are often produced in editions, the photographs can be purchased at affordable prices. In addition, their production process offers flexibility in terms of size, scale and materials on which they are printed.
There are some practical considerations and terms to be aware of so you can buy the format that works for you:
Paper: A classic option, paper prints can be framed.
— Paper prints can be printed in a variety of finishes, including matte, glossy or glossy.
— Giclée is a term often used to describe inkjet pigment-based printing on archival paper.
— Borderless Prints are borderless prints and can be mounted to the edge of a frame for an elegant, dramatic impact.
— Paper should be framed behind UV-proof glass and displayed in low-humidity areas, away from direct sunlight.
Metal: Photos printed directly on metal produce modern, durable displays that can range from matte to glossy finishes.
Plexi-Mount: Prints mounted behind acrylic acrylic also produce elegant, durable displays.

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