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Photography

Photography traps light and preserves a moment. A good photograph expresses the full range of human emotion with an urgency and power found in few other artistic media. In Artspan’s photographic galleries, you’ll find every style and subject of photographic print, from the traditional to the experimental, figurative to abstract. Artspan artists offer portraits, landscapes, abstracts, from black-and-white to Technicolor, using traditional, digital and alternative processes. A photographic print adds vibrancy and sophistication to any wall. Search Artspan photography by style, medium, subject, or just browse through our galleries to find the perfect photographic print for your home.

Photography is a relatively young art, and unlike many others it finds its origins in scientific experimentation as well as artistic ambition. The principles behind the photographic process actually date back to ancient China and Greece, when mathematicians and philosophers explored the principles of optics and even the notion of the pinhole camera and the camera obscura.
The camera obscura, a box with a hole in it that allows light to travel through to create an image on a surface on the other side, was described by Leonardo Da Vinci, and used by renaissance painters to aid in the creation of their paintings and drawings. As artists and scientists sought a way to make this image permanent, photography was invented.

Over the course of time we’ve seen color photography, digital photography, photography as art, photojournalism, wedding photography, pet photography, street photography, vernacular photography, moving photography and just about anything else you can think of. The once-mysterious art has progressed to the stage where it seems everyone has a camera in his or her pocket at all times. We no longer need to wait for the exposure and development of the film. But in its essence, photography is still the means to capture a moment.