Fine Art Photography

Fine Art Photography

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So where do we draw the line and call photos; Fine Art Photography?? Now with all this new technology and high tech cell phones, iPad’s, notebooks everyone thinks they are a photographer, and they might be; but, there is a difference between a cell phone snap shot and fine art photography. There are many different outlooks on this subject and there is no correct definition for what fine art photography is, but there do appear to be things that can help define what it is.

The theory that distinguishes fine art photography from other avenues in photography is that fine art photography is not about digitally snapping a subject to create memories like a family vacation or birthday party with your cell phone. Using a camera to shot an event that appears in front of a photographer usually is a photo journalist with their photos usually found in newspapers or magazines, which acts more like a visual report. In this century and them to come, the field has spread dramatically and now any image with intent is called fine art. There are so many passages to photography today there’s commercial, scientific, collage, and journalistic that it is totally understandable how some people may be confused about it. Working in a fine art photography gallery you get asked this question all the time, people whipping out their cell phones showing us pictures saying they could go insane on an image by giving it a blur or a curve and call it fine art. Well, that doesn’t make an image more artistic just retarded. There is more intense desire and emotion that goes into fine art photography in my opinion.

Fine art photography is about the artists’ vision on what their work will look like. It is about an idea or an emotion, the artist has an idea or a feeling they want to be known. Then their technique they use to display their vision to have a consistency to it, usually when all their work is all together it has similarities. In the end, there is a body of work that shows the artists’ passion and feelings and to share them with others. I think it is the production of images to fulfill the creative vision of the photographer. Fine art photography comes from a personal concept. The images of a photographer tend to say more about the photographer and the way they process the world than just seeing an image. It has been said that success in photography comes from the level a photographer becomes known for their own style. Fine art photography is visual art considered to be something created for value rather than practical purpose.

Fine Art Photography is essentially an art form practiced for its beauty!!!!

There is one thing I do know for sure: Martin Garfinkel is a fine art photographer, and a damn good one at that, who has shared with the world his images of iconic roadside Americana.

Fine Art Photography

Fine Art Photography

The Roadside Gallery & Martin Garfinkel

Fine Art Photography - The Roadside Gallery by Martin Garfinkel

Fine art photography is created by artists of the modern age; artists who feel compelled to share something beautiful, intriguing or provocative with their audience, or to capture a moment in time that may never again be seen in quite the same way. The genius in fine art photography as an art is, there are no rules to follow, there are no protocols to submit to, and there are certainly no canvas lines confining the stroke of inspiration of the artist behind the lens.

Martin Garfinkel’s life passion has been to bring to the world images of those moments in time that are vanishing, or long since forgotten. His love of America and her great expanses pulled him from the Boroughs of New York City to the open western highways and byways; with the most notable work being, his fine art photography series of America and Route 66.

In Martin’s work, you will find a classic Americana of a bygone era represented in the creative vision of the artist. Unlike many contemporary fine art photographers, Garfinkel’s works are not posed nor does he set the stage. He waits and he watches for the necessary conditions to fulfill his creative vision.

About Martin Garfinkel

Much of Martin’s photo trek has been on the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle; and in 1990, he published a photo pictorial of the images he captured during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Martin’s fine art photography covers expansive vistas and the roadside images he was witness to as he traveled across the great American West.

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Click on the articles below to read the full story!

“Americana Photography: Archiving Americana: Fine Art Meets Photography”

“The Accidental Vision of Marty Garfinkel, Saving America in Pictures”

“Preserving a Legacy”

“Eye for Americana”

The Accidental Vision of Marty Garfinkel, Saving America in Pictures

“Gas, Food, Lodging”

“The Last Bite”

“Have Camera Will Travel”


The Roadside Gallery

Carbondale, Colorado

The collector’s market in fine art photography has been developing rapidly; and there is now a thriving collector’s marketplace for art photography of high quality archival prints; and this is great news. But then again, there is the more pragmatic use of the fine wall decor and decor photography available at the Roadside Gallery; and that is, in the way a piece of Martin Garfinkel’s fine art wall decor will enhance your living environment.

The Roadside Gallery is Marty Garfinkel’s fine art photography gallery and retail location, located in Carbondale, Colorado; a creative art district.

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