Exceptional Photography on Ocula Now
Exceptional Photography on Ocula Now

Exceptional Photography on Ocula Now

Ocula Selection

Explore this Selection of artworks where we highlight some of the exceptional examples of photography in all its guises represented and exhibited by galleries on Ocula.

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One of the most well liked mediums in contemporary art, photography's rise in the art world began more or less in the late 1830s with the pioneering research of Louis Daguerre. Digital photography emerged 160 years later in the early 1990s with the availability of formats such as JPEG or TIFF. At this time, sophisticated use of digital collaging was explored on a large scale by artists like Andreas Gursky.

Photography's subject matter initially paralleled the history of painting, mostly addressing landscape or portraiture. However, after overcoming some resistance, its entry into the field of fine art saw its scope vastly expand in the 1960s and 1970s. It gained traction as an important medium with its use as a mode of documentation within the 1970s Conceptual art movement (artists like Bernd and Hilla Becher were particularly influential in this regard). It also found a niche in Performance art (Ana Mendieta's work for example), as well as in the rise of Feminist practices (like Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Barbara Kruger), spurred by women artists seeing painting as phallocentric and exclusionary of women.

Today, the scope of photography is endless as artists continue to push the medium in new and exciting directions.


Isolation Hotel VII by Heather Straka contemporary artwork
Heather StrakaIsolation Hotel VII, 2021Archival pigment on Photorag Ultrasmooth paper
100 x 66.6 cm
Page Galleries Contact Gallery
Expression and Metabolism by Hirofumi Isoya contemporary artwork
Hirofumi IsoyaExpression and Metabolism, 2019Pigment print, painted frame
163.6 x 106.6 x 4.9 cm
SCAI The Bathhouse Contact Gallery
corner #1 by Ina Jang contemporary artwork
Ina Jangcorner #1, 2021Archival pigment print (Framed)
61 x 49.8 cm
Jason Shin Contact Gallery
Untitled, from Roja Series by Shirin Neshat contemporary artwork
Shirin NeshatUntitled, from Roja Series, 2016Silver gelatin print
104.1 x 154.9 x 5.7 cm (incl frame)
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
'Plaza Grill', HK:PM, Wan Chai, Hong Kong by Greg Girard contemporary artwork
Greg Girard'Plaza Grill', HK:PM, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1974Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta
40 x 60 cm
Blue Lotus Gallery Contact Gallery
'Children playing on Walled City rooftop', Hong Kong by Greg Girard contemporary artwork
Greg Girard'Children playing on Walled City rooftop', Hong Kong, 1989Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta
Blue Lotus Gallery Contact Gallery
Shinjuku by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaShinjuku, 1966/2003Silver gelatin print
150 x 100 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Contact Gallery
Color by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaColor, 2016/2017Lambda print
133.3 x 100.2 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Contact Gallery
The Super Model, Iris (Iridaceae sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork
Ann SheltonThe Super Model, Iris (Iridaceae sp.), 2020Pigment print
116.2 x 88.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
The Governess, Darwin’s Barberry (Berberis darwinii) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork
Ann SheltonThe Governess, Darwin’s Barberry (Berberis darwinii), 2017archival pigment print, hand painted artist frame
116 x 88 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
'Street Scene', Hong Kong by Fan Ho contemporary artwork
Fan Ho'Street Scene', Hong Kong, 1957Vintage Silver Gelatin Print
48 x 36 cm
Blue Lotus Gallery Contact Gallery
'Afternoon Chat', Hong Kong by Fan Ho contemporary artwork
Fan Ho'Afternoon Chat', Hong Kong, 1959Archival Pigment Print on Baryta Photo Silk in limited edition
40 x 60 cm
Blue Lotus Gallery Contact Gallery
Auntie Ollie's White Rose by Fiona Pardington contemporary artwork
Fiona PardingtonAuntie Ollie's White Rose, 2011Pigment print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
98 x 125 cm (incl frame)
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
A85769 by Fiona Pardington contemporary artwork
Fiona PardingtonA85769, 2019Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
Starkwhite Enquire
"67 Shooting Back" by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi Araki"67 Shooting Back", 2007RP Direct print
47 x 59.7 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Contact Gallery
Love-Dream, Love-Nothing by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiLove-Dream, Love-Nothing, 2018Gelatin silver print
53 x 42 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Contact Gallery
Mementos, Pipiriki by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleMementos, Pipiriki, 1981Silver gelatin print
22 x 33 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Artery by Meg Porteous contemporary artwork
Meg PorteousArtery, 2021C-type handprint
39.9 x 33.6 cm (incl frame)
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Shimmer by Honey Long & Prue Stent contemporary artwork
Honey Long & Prue StentShimmer, 2019Archival pigment print
58 x 38.7 cm
Arc One Gallery Contact Gallery
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