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With 186,752 limited edition and open edition prints to choose from, Saatchi Art offers high quality color photography perfectly suited for your space. Read more

It’s hard to believe that color photography was first regarded with skepticism by both fine art photographers and critics when it was introduced to the public in the 1940s. Both the art world and color photographic processes have come a long way since then, and color photos are now celebrated by collectors for their vibrancy, emotional impact, and for being veritable visual narratives containing true “slices of life.” Whether you love portraits, nature, landscape, or candid color photography, we’re confident that you’ll discover the perfect work for you within Saatchi Art’s global selection of color photography for sale.

Though photographers and scientists experimented with color photography as early as the 1840s, the medium was not widely used until around the 1970s. Early experimenters relied on Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s three-color method, which analyzed the color spectrum of a composition into red, blue, and green categories, much in the same way the human eye registers colors. The process of color photography was still tedious and time intensive, requiring photographers to carry multiple interchangeable plates and filters to produce a range of colors in every snapshot. In 1942, Kodak released its Kodacolor film, which processed color images into a negative image, facilitating the development process. Still, color film cameras required additional equipment like flash bulbs to ensure photographs were not washed out. By the 1970s, color film was cheaper and flash sensors came built into the actual cameras. When it was first introduced into the world of art, photography in color heralded mixed reactions. Groups either praised the medium’s vibrant and more “true to life” qualities or saw color as a distraction from the photo’s actual content. With the advent of digital photography, color film photography has shifted to a niche market. Regardless, many photographers choose the medium for its unique look and high quality.

Lighting is extremely crucial to those working in color photography, as too much or too little can wash out or dim even the most vibrant of colors. Though the invention of cameras with built-in flash devices facilitated the photographic process for many, some film photographers still opt to use older analog camera models that require extra flashbulbs. When looking for subjects to photograph, artists often keep complementary color balance rules in mind and consider what kinds of emotions certain colors can stir in a viewer. They may also use filters to manipulate existing colors. A polarising filter, for example, is used to block reflected light off nonmetallic surfaces and gives the composition purer hues.

Photojournalist Steve McCurry is renowned for his color portrait “Afghan Girl” (1984), which rose to fame when it was featured on the cover of an issue of National Geographic. David Muench is known for his vibrant landscape photographs of the American west. Ernst Haas was an early pioneer in the field of color photography and is known for blurring his subjects to create expressionistic images like “La Suerte De Capa” (1956). Cindy Sherman is also known for her untitled color portraits in which she often dressed up in different stereotypically female guises. Other artists known for their color photography include Lauren Greenfield, Annie Griffiths, Robert Capa, Annie Leibovitz, Pieter Hugo, and David LaChapelle.

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Miss America (Sidewinder) - Limited Edition 3 of 5, Photography image
Photography, 38.6 W x 39.4 H x 0 in
$5,910
Porto Katsiki Beach # 2, Under the Sun - Limited Edition of 25, Photography image
United States
$2,210
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
Garden Wing - Limited Edition 2 of 6, Photography image
Photography, 78.7 W x 39.4 H x 2 in
$6,550
Ode to Shalott, large, limited edition of 5, Photography image
Photography, 37.8 W x 45.3 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$3,075
Bellflower, Shopping Plaza – 4 of 9, Photography image
Photography, 24 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$2,170
Prints from $80
Blooming Life - Limited edition #1/5, Photography image
Photography, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
Netherlands
$3,950
Art Currency, Parthenon in Flames , 2014, Photography image
Photography, 21.7 W x 21.7 H x 0.4 in
United Kingdom
$4,950
Long Way Home, triptych - Limited Edition 1 of 30, Photography image
Photography, 43.3 W x 15 H x 0 in
$1,550
HUMAN SENSOR VII, Photography image
Photography, 55.1 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$1,689
"... talk to my soul!" - Limited edition 1 of 20, Photography image
Photography, 21.7 W x 13.8 H x 0.4 in
$560
Prints from $40
HOH RAINFOREST II - Limited Edition of 25, Photography image
Photography, 56 W x 31.5 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,960
OCEAN ELEVEN V, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 2 in
$749
Emily and the White Horse (small) - Limited Edition #2 of 8, Photography image
United Kingdom
$1,010
Prints from $80
weighing of the heart - Limited Edition 1 of 2, Photography image
Photography, 36 W x 24 H x 0.1 in
United States
$1,050
Complexity #2, Photography image
Photography, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.4 in
$1,650
Prints from $69
Untitled - Limited Edition - Limited Edition of 12, Photography image
United States
$999
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