Contemporary Photography in San Diego
Modern photography has evolved in many ways over the past several decades, but one specific movement was particularly powerful in shaping the art form as we know it today: contemporary photography. In fact, some of the most famous names in modern photography are those who pioneered the movement, including Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz, among others. Read on to learn more about contemporary photography and its creators!
Where should I start?
Well, the answer is quite simple, really: Online research. Google is a good place to start when it comes to exploring contemporary photography as well as contemporary photographers. You’ll probably find a few photographers whose work you like or whose style best suits your own—or even one who just seems really cool and would be fun to work with. Then, do an online search for that photographer’s name and San Diego (you can also add events to narrow things down). This should bring up some groups or associations that feature local artists.
Throughout history, photographers have affected society through their work and contemporary photography in San Diego has been a powerful way of documenting our surroundings. The process has changed drastically over time, from dark rooms to digital cameras. Contemporary fine art photography uses both light and space to capture moments that cannot be recreated. A single moment captured on film can help create a feeling or memory for many generations to enjoy and cherish.
What do they do that I can’t?
Why does everyone seem to be producing so much content about contemporary photography in San Diego? Can’t anyone see that there’s too much of it out there already?
These weren’t questions I ever expected to hear myself ask. But look, I live here and I deal with art every day—and still it took me by surprise when so many local artists started submitting their work for my consideration. We live on an island of talented photographers, right? So, what was up with all these offerings?
Where to find them?
The best contemporary photographers are often discovered at gallery shows and art openings. If you’re in town, follow local galleries on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current exhibits. And if you’re not in town, you can visit their website or look them up on Yelp for a list of active artists.
How much does it cost?
It can be a little difficult to find pricing information for contemporary photography. In general, though, you can expect to pay anywhere from $150–$800 per session, depending on your desired product (prints/products or digital files) and how much work goes into post-processing. For example, some photographers will want to meet with you again to review edited images while others may just send you your photos after a session is over.
Check out Martin Trailer Fine Art Photography if you want to buy contemporary photographs for your home or workspace.