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Landscape Photography

Landscape photography has been around for about as long as photography itself. Because of the long exposure times associated with the first cameras, photographers had to work with still subjects, and landscapes were an obvious choice. During the 19th century, many people did not have the luxury of traveling far from home, so pictures of landscape allowed them to see different parts of the world, making landscape photography a popular art form for collectors at the time.

As photography slowly gained acceptance as a true art form in the early 20th century, artists used photography to create their own unique interpretations of the land through distinctive compositions and cropping. Pictorialist photos also became popular at this time, requiring the artist to intentionally blur or alter their landscape photos in favor of artistic expression rather than exact representation.

The growing popularity of landscape photography in the 20th century can be closely tied to the exploration of the American West. Ansel Adams is one artist often associated with landscape photography for his awe-inspiring views of the Western American landscape. Edward Weston is another artist known for landscape photography, though his unique compositions can be seen as closely tied to abstract painting.


Quick Facts

  • Landscape photographers such as William Henry Jackson were responsible for now-famous landscapes becoming prominent, such as Yellowstone National Park
  • Ansel Adams' "Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California" sold for $545,000 at Christie's New York in April 2014
  • Edward Weston's "Dunes, Oceano" sold at Sotheby's New York in April 2007 for $228,000

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Ansel Adams (1902-1984): Oaks in Snow, Yosemite Point
Mar 09, 9:00 AM PST
Ansel Adams (1902-1984): Oaks in Snow, Yosemite Point
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Peter Lik (Autralian, b. 1959) Tree of Dreams, 2010
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
Peter Lik (Autralian, b. 1959) Tree of Dreams, 2010
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Photograph of Birch Trees, Frame: 20 x 61 in. (50.8 x 154.9 cm.)
Mar 05, 10:00 AM EST
Photograph of Birch Trees, Frame: 20 x 61 in. (50.8 x 154.9 cm.)
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Est: $10- $20
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Catherine Wagner, Wire Rolls, Petaluma, CA
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Catherine Wagner, Wire Rolls, Petaluma, CA
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $600- $800
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Bob Dylan,  American b.1941-  - Train Tracks (Red), 2010;
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Bob Dylan,  American b.1941-  - Train Tracks (Red), 2010;
by Roseberys
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Jean-Michel Fauquet (attrib.), photograph, 1988
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Jean-Michel Fauquet (attrib.), photograph, 1988
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Est: $100- $150
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Wallace Nutting Landscape Photos Signed Art Print Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Wallace Nutting Landscape Photos Signed Art Print Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Wallace Nutting Landscape Photos Signed Art Print Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Wallace Nutting Landscape Photos Signed Art Print Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Bob Dylan, American b.1941- - Train Tracks (Bright Red), 2012;
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Bob Dylan, American b.1941- - Train Tracks (Bright Red), 2012;
by Roseberys
Est: £3,500- £4,500
£2,2001 Bid
Lynne Cohen, Untitled (Camouflage) (two works)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Lynne Cohen, Untitled (Camouflage) (two works)
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$501 Bid
Aaron Siskind, Durango, Mexico
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Aaron Siskind, Durango, Mexico
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6001 Bid
Max Yavno, Watts, CA
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Max Yavno, Watts, CA
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
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San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Edward S. Curtis photogravure
Mar 07, 11:00 AM PST
San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Edward S. Curtis photogravure
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $400- $600
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John Sexton, Collection of six works
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
John Sexton, Collection of six works
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$501 Bid
Thomas Barbey Signed & Numbered Photograph
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Thomas Barbey Signed & Numbered Photograph
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Steve Fitch, Gila Bend, Arizona (Chief Motel)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Steve Fitch, Gila Bend, Arizona (Chief Motel)
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984): Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
Mar 09, 9:00 AM PST
Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984): Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
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Original Framed Photographs of Egyptian Monuments
Mar 06, 12:00 PM GMT
Original Framed Photographs of Egyptian Monuments
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £60- £80
£51 Bid
Thomas Barbey Signed & Numbered Photograph
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Thomas Barbey Signed & Numbered Photograph
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Andreas Feininger, Pinon Pine
Mar 08, 10:00 AM PST
Andreas Feininger, Pinon Pine
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Häusser, Robert: Schneetreiben
Mar 16, 2:00 PM CET
Häusser, Robert: Schneetreiben
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€5000 Bids
Fourteen albumen prints, Rocky Mountains
Mar 07, 11:00 AM PST
Fourteen albumen prints, Rocky Mountains
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
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Sellers Who Sell Landscape Photography


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