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With 89,187 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality abstract photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

Through abstract photography, even the most mundane objects can be artistically represented in fresh, exciting ways. Via an array of photographic tools and techniques such as extreme close-up, specialty lenses, filters, simple cropping, and lighting, a photographer can translate figurative subject matter into beautiful abstract forms. If you’d like to discover new abstract works by emerging photographers, we invite you to explore the international selection of abstract photography for sale on Saatchi Art.

Abstract photography emerged during a shift from figurative subjects in other fields of art in the early 1900s. Modernist artistic movements sought to create optical art that did not refer to objects in the real world, and this desire carried over into photography. Photographers rendered figurative objects unrecognizable by taking a new approach to the medium, cropping and manipulating their compositions. Early abstract photographers banded together into collectives, like the Subjektive Fotografie and the Photo-Secession, to explore the purely visual aspect of medium. These groups experimented with close-ups, cropping, negative printing, and different exposure settings. Later movements, most notably Surrealism, also embraced the medium’s capabilities, further developing unrealistic images through solarization and layering methods. These abstract photographers aimed to establish photography as a field requiring artistic skill and challenged the strictly informative quality of the photograph. Today, photographers are still interested in creating abstract compositions, this time aided by refined camera technology and software programs.

The Subjektive Fotografie collective, founded by Otto Steinert in the 1950s, created abstract art photography using techniques like close-ups, solarization, and negative printing. They also experimented with different time exposure settings and played with perspective. The Surrealist photographers were also known for using similar manipulation tactics in their abstract body photography. Double exposure, solarization, combination printing, montage, rotations, and other forms of distortions were employed by the Surrealists to render their photographs of female nudes uncanny and dreamlike. Contemporary abstract photographers are able to experiment with different lenses and focus settings as well as use macro technology to zoom in closely on even the tiniest of subjects. Photographers also usually play with light, shadow, texture, and the lines and curves of their subjects to create dense, abstract compositions.

Paul Strand is credited with creating some of the first significant abstract photographs. Strand played with light and shadow and incorporated hard lines and geometry in his images. His “Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut” (1916) literally depicts tables, but Strand focused on the play of shadows falling across them. Strand’s mentor Alfred Stieglitz is also known for his modern abstract compositions like his “Equivalents” series (1926), in which he took snapshots of passing clouds. Stieglitz is also known for his semi-abstract portrait photography of his wife, Georgia O’Keeffe. Surrealist Man Ray is recognized for his manipulated abstract compositions like “Untitled” (1924), in which Ray played with mirrors to create doubles of his subjects. Edward Weston zoomed in on objects of nature, creating abstract landscapes of vegetation. Other artists known for their abstract photography include Aaron Siskind, Hans Bellmer, Maurice Tabard, Andre Kertesz, and Charles Sheeler.

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Transcending White Stag - Limited Edition 1 of 3, Photography image
Photography, 7.9 W x 11.8 H x 0 in
$510
The Wave Of The Future -limited to 3-, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 15.7 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$680
Watching The Sky Together -original print, limited to 1, Photography image
Netherlands
$560
Eiffel Tower #2 - Limited Edition 1 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 60 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,570
Lone:  Edition #3 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 16 W x 24 H x 0.1 in
United States
$980
Blooming Life - Limited edition #1/5, Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
Netherlands
$3,950
HUMAN SENSOR VII, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$1,689
OCEAN ELEVEN V, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 2 in
$749
ART MOVE VIII, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 2.8 in
$1,899
Complexity #2, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,650
Prints from $69
Mitra - Limited Edition 1 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 in
Germany
$1,450
Life, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 in
$1,110
Prints from $67
Open Door -limited to 1-, Photography image
Photography, 25.2 W x 33.1 H x 0 in
Netherlands
$1,110
Potpourri #08 - Limited Edition of 15, Photography image
Photography, 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0 in
On Distant Hills - Limited Edition 2 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 40 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$730
Punte rosse al maxxi 6, Photography image
Photography, 35 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$3,410
Prints from $100
Ghost - Limited Edition of 10, Photography image
Photography, 60 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United States
$3,010
Hudson at Sunrise - Limited Edition 4 of 10, Photography image
Photography, 60 W x 40 H x 0.1 in
United States
$775
Liquids #01 - Limited Edition 1 of 8, Photography image
Photography, 29.9 W x 35.6 H x 0 in
$960
Prints from $52
Awakening #04 - Limited Edition 2 of 15, Photography image
Photography, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 0 in
Wave II, Photography image
Photography, 30 W x 30 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$380
Prints from $75
Abstraction#18, Photography image
Photography, 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.4 in
$680
Prints from $68
TEAL EFFUSION (ON METAL) - Limited Edition 2 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 68 W x 40 H x 1.5 in
United Kingdom
$2,940
Prints from $72
NEW YORK SKYLINER V - Limited Edition 3 of 25, Photography image
Photography, 27.6 W x 55.1 H x 3.9 in
$659
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