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Seascape Photography

Seascape photos are a genre of marine art. They can depict anything from leisurely sea excursions to people at work on boats, or it may just show the sea alone.

When photography was first invented, seascape photos were especially difficult and unheard of because it was impossible to achieve proper exposure of both landscape and sky in a single picture. In the mid-1850s, French photographer Gustave Le Gray solved this problem by printing two negatives on a single sheet of paper, thereby creating the first successful photograph seascape.

Le Gray's seascape photographs and their ability to capture a poetic mood unlike photography ever had before are partly responsible for photography finally being considered a fine art. Today, some of Gustave Le Gray's seascapes can be seen at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Quick Facts

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Seascapes," three gelatin silver prints, sold at Christie's New York in October 2008 for $110,500
  • Gustave Le Gray's seascape "Le Vague Brisée, Mer Méditerranée No 15" sold at Sotheby's New York in December of 2014 for $245,000
  • Gustave Le Gray's seascape photographs were sometimes made up of two negatives from separate occasions or different locations

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JOEL MEYEROWITZ (AMERICAN, B. 1938)
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
JOEL MEYEROWITZ (AMERICAN, B. 1938)
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
James Isaac Atkinson Anderson, Zehn Ansichten von Rom und Venedig. Mitte 19. Jh bzw. 1st half 20th cent.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
James Isaac Atkinson Anderson, Zehn Ansichten von Rom und Venedig. Mitte 19. Jh bzw. 1st half 20th cent.
by Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG
Est: €350- €400
€3001 Bid
Michael Kenna  (born 1953) Lijiang River, Study 4, Guilin, China, 2006
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
Michael Kenna  (born 1953) Lijiang River, Study 4, Guilin, China, 2006
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $1,500
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PETER LIK LIMITED EDITION FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH "RIVER OF ZEN".
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
PETER LIK LIMITED EDITION FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH "RIVER OF ZEN".
by Morphy Auctions
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Giacomo Caneva, Campagna romana. Paesaggio con l'Aniene. [1853-1855, stampa anni Settanta].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Giacomo Caneva, Campagna romana. Paesaggio con l'Aniene. [1853-1855, stampa anni Settanta].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
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Giacomo Caneva, Campagna romana. Veduta del Tevere a Monte Antenne. [1853-1855, stampa anni Settanta].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Giacomo Caneva, Campagna romana. Veduta del Tevere a Monte Antenne. [1853-1855, stampa anni Settanta].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €500- €1,000
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Giacomo Caneva, Scogliera nei pressi di Anzio (o Nettuno?). [1855 ca., stampa anni Settanta].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Giacomo Caneva, Scogliera nei pressi di Anzio (o Nettuno?). [1855 ca., stampa anni Settanta].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €800
€4001 Bid
YURI DOJC (SLOVAKIAN/CANADIAN, B. 1946)
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
YURI DOJC (SLOVAKIAN/CANADIAN, B. 1946)
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
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Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
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Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
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Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
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Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
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rare aviation 1913 Wright seaplane photo
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
rare aviation 1913 Wright seaplane photo
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $300- $350
$1200 Bids
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Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
rare aviation 1913 Wright seaplane photo
by Yardley Antiques
Est: $300- $350
$1200 Bids
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Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
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Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
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by John Atzbach Antiques
Est: $25- $50
$50 Bids
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Carlo Naya [attribuito a], Venezia. Ponte dei sospiri. [1880 ca.].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Carlo Naya [attribuito a], Venezia. Ponte dei sospiri. [1880 ca.].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
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Giovanni Crupi, Lotto di sette fotografie: vedute di Sicilia. [1875-1900].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Giovanni Crupi, Lotto di sette fotografie: vedute di Sicilia. [1875-1900].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
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Tommaso Cuccioni, Roma. Veduta del Tevere con il Tempio di Vesta. [1855-1857]
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Tommaso Cuccioni, Roma. Veduta del Tevere con il Tempio di Vesta. [1855-1857]
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Est: €900- €1,800
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Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
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Dec 02, 2:00 PM CET
Lynn Davis, Evening Northumberland Strait XIV, 1994
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Lynn Davis, Evening Northumberland Strait XV, 1996
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CET
Lynn Davis, Evening Northumberland Strait XV, 1996
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Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Seascape Photography


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