In its beginnings, photography closely resembled other types of fine art. It required a process that was recognized as difficult by anyone who tried it and many photographers found it to be unpredictable. It wasn’t until the photo was taken and the film developed that the person knew what the result would be. Having gained acceptance as a genuine art form, art photography is displayed in galleries with a dedicated following of art photography enthusiasts around the world. Many conventional galleries are acknowledging the popularity of photography by including it in their exhibits of traditional art to give people more of what they are interested in.
The art gallery exhibits photographs deemed to be the best pieces of work during a fairly short, or long time span. As with any traditional art gallery, one that showcases photography will often have exhibits that are based on a specific theme. This could include various subjects such as landscapes, cityscapes, or people, or types of photography such as vintage.
One of the reasons that many people feel that art photography has grown so popular is because of the realistic subjects that it portrays. Unlike the abstracts that are such a large part of traditional art, art photography brings realism into any room where it is displayed. Photographs also differ from paintings in the way they are displayed. While paintings are typically framed, photos are not. They are simply placed on cardstock so that they do not have a frame style to add to the overall theme of the photo.
Although there will always be those people who refuse to accept photography as one of the fine arts, there are many others who appreciate the dedication of photographers to present realistic representations of so many of the things we are familiar with in life. As technology continues to improve, we can only hope that the quality continues to improve as well.