Discover our collection of contemporary photographs for sale. Our selection of photography showcases artwork from award-winning photographers active today. Delve into our collection, ranging from the abstract to the photoreal. Our Curators handpick each photographic print for our gallery, making it easy and accessible for you to browse new art. Why not start by exploring our landscape, animal or portrait photography?…
From the real to the surreal, we sell it all. Tommy Clarke, 2015’s Landscape Photographer of the Year, captures aerial shots of coastal locations. His photographs offer new perspectives and highlight the natural colours and shapes of the world we live in. In contrast, Peter Horvath focuses on the deconstruction and recontextualisation of imagery through collage techniques. He uses juxtaposition, scale and saturated colour to produce surreal and sometimes humorous re-workings.
Many of our photographers are internationally recognised. Andrew Lever is an award-winning travel and fine art photographer whose photography celebrates diversity and exploration. Vietnam Stories 3 (2016) is a striking portrait of a Vietnamese woman Andrew met during his travels. His photographs capture the warmth and humour of the Vietnamese people and will be sure to inspire the traveling spirit within you. Vikram Kushwah was the Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner. His photograph Emily Sitting in the Library (2012) depicts a young girl sitting above a bookshelf in a home library. Vikram’s heavy influence from Tim Walker’s imaginative photography is evidenced in the playfulness and mystery of the image. We love how he forces you to question the image’s narrative.
Joseph Niepce is credited as the first person to capture a photographic image in 1827. The daguerreotype, the first form of photography, required a 2-3 second exposure time to capture a photo and was commonly used for portrait photography. Photographic portraiture became increasingly popular in the 19th century due to the demand from the rising middle classes in Europe and America.
Before the turn of the 20th century, George Eastman had created the Kodak company and invented the self-contained box camera. The camera had a small lens with no focusing adjustment but it did enable photography to become more portable. By the 1930s the company had created the 35mm film that could capture scenes with slight movement rather than requiring the subject to remain still.
In 1948, the Polaroid camera was invented. The camera increased in popularity with artists such as Andy Warhol, who captured intimate moments of social scenes in New York and Los Angeles.
In 1991, the first commercial digital camera was created. Advancements in digital technology and subsequent improvements of photographic features, such as wide-angle shots, increased resolution, shutter motions, and filters, have allowed for the creative experimentation of contemporary photographers.
Photographers such as Paul Strand pioneered ‘Straight Photography’ at the beginning of the 20th century. This style utilised the box camera’s ability to record a large format. This enabled Strand to bring new perspectives to ordinary and overlooked subjects previously ignored in the art world. His photograph White Fence (1916), for example, exemplifies Strand’s manipulation of the negative, destroying the traditional camera perspective and creating tonal depth to ordinary subject matters. Throughout the 20s and 30s, Strand’s photographic style and technique brought attention to landscapes and communities that had traditionally been overlooked in social and fine art photography.
Strand’s pioneering photographic techniques inspired a generation of new photographers and photojournalists. Between the 1920s and the 1960s, the development of form and composition in photography exploded in photojournalism. Dorothy Lange is seen as a pioneer of social documentary photography as her work humanized the consequences of America’s Great Depression in the 1930s. Lange’s portrait of the Migrant Mother (1936) is viewed as one of the most important photographs taken in history, as the intimacy of the image reveals the depth and pain of her subject, exposing America’s trauma.
Fashion magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair have supported generations of fashion and portrait photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Tim Walker. Anne’s distinct style involved creating intimate and engaging portraits of prolific figures of the 20th century. She has captured portraits of John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth and Michael Jackson, to name a few. British photographer Tim Walker incorporates fashion and landscape to create extraordinary fantastical worlds for fashion magazines such as Vogue and I-d.
Whilst landscape photography has been established since the turn of the 20th century, the invention of the digital camera and its advanced features have provided a greater focus and depth to the subject. These developments have enabled landscape photographers to capture the world from a new perspective. Landscape photographer Michael Kenna has used the digital camera to develop a distinct style of landscape photography, presenting his images in a minimalistic and monochromatic style.
Artistic approaches to photography have evolved in popularity and critical success. Cindy Sherman primarily works with photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in ever changing contexts and characters. Sherman’s Complete Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) is commonly referred to as her breakthrough piece. By acting for the photograph, Sherman creates a range of ambiguous personalities that possess characteristics of unconventional women who defy social expectations. Nan Goldin uses the medium of photography to explore New York’s subcultures and ideas around sexual identity. Goldin’s most notable work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) is a series of documents that explore New York City’s gay scene during the 1980s. Goldin’s ability to capture the intimacy between subjects pushed the boundaries between portraiture and social photography, capturing the most significant and fleeting moments in an individual’s life.