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Abstract Photography

ABSTRACT STYLE

Beginning in the early 20th century, abstract art became a leading style of modernism. Rather than portray the world in a way that represented reality, as had been the dominating style of Western art in the previous centuries, abstract paintings, prints and sculptures are marked by a shift to geometric forms, gestural shapes and experimentation with color to express ideas, subject matter and scenes.

Although abstract art flourished in the early 1900s, propelled by movements like Fauvism and Cubism, it was rooted in the 19th century. In the 1840s, J.M.W. Turner emphasized light and motion for atmospheric paintings in which concrete details were blurred, and Paul Cézanne challenged traditional expectations of perspective in the 1890s.

Some of the earliest abstract artists — Wassily Kandinsky and Hilma af Klint — expanded on these breakthroughs while using vivid colors and forms to channel spiritual concepts. Painter Piet Mondrian, a Dutch pioneer of the art movement, explored geometric abstraction partly owing to his belief in Theosophy, which is grounded in a search for higher spiritual truths and embraces philosophers of the Renaissance period and medieval mystics. Black Square, a daringly simple 1913 work by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, was a watershed statement on creating art that was free “from the dead weight of the real world,” as he later wrote.

Surrealism in the 1920s, led by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim and others, saw painters creating abstract pieces in order to connect to the subconscious. When Abstract Expressionism emerged in New York during the mid-20th century, it similarly centered on the process of creation, in which Helen Frankenthaler’s expressive “soak-stain” technique, Jackson Pollock’s drips of paint, and Mark Rothko’s planes of color were a radical new type of abstraction.

Conceptual art, Pop art, Hard-Edge painting and many other movements offered fresh approaches to abstraction that continued into the 21st century, with major contemporary artists now exploring it, including Anish Kapoor, Mark Bradford, El Anatsui and Julie Mehretu.

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Style: Abstract
Burst III - large scale abstract photograph of caleidoscopic color explosions
Located in San Francisco, CA
From Christian Stoll's body of works BURST (2015), an abstract exploration of high speed photographs capturing mesmerizing explosions of caleidoscopic color 27 x 40 inches (68 x 102...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Hemisphere I - large format photograph of abstract liquid cloudscape in water
Located in San Francisco, CA
mesmerizing color compositions of liquid cloudscape painting in water, hypnotizing abstract liquidscapes from Christian Stoll‘s body of works titled 'Hemisphere' Hemisphere I by Christian Stoll 58 x 58 inches (147 x 147cm) signed edition of 7 48 x 48 inches (122 x 122cm) signed edition of 7 40 x 40 inches (102 x 102cm) signed edition of 25 archival fine art pigment print signed + numbered by artist on certificate label „frameless“ glass face mounting available on request _________________________ Christian Stoll has experimented with the photography medium since 1991. His predominant interest is the still-life on a monumental scale. As his subject matter, Stoll shoots static objects, forms...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment, Giclée

Aspen Study I - large scale photograph of Indian summer autumnal color palette
Located in San Francisco, CA
Aspen Study I by Frank Schott a series of images capturing the yellow golden Indian summer foliage palette of aspen trees in California's Sierra Nevada ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Photographic Paper, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Aspen Study II - large scale photograph of Indian summer autumnal color palette
Located in San Francisco, CA
Aspen Study II by Frank Schott a series of images capturing the yellow golden Indian summer foliage palette of aspen trees in California's Sierra Nevada ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, Archival Pigment

Bleed # 202351 (Abstract painting)
Located in London, GB
Bleed # 202351 (Abstract painting) Chromogenic Print Face-mounted 3mm Matte Plexiglas — Unframed. Backed with extruded polystyrene, concrete, acrylic, enamel and pigments (8 cm / 3...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

"Red for Love 1" Photography 24" x 37" inch Edition of 11 by Tetiana Kalivoshko
Located in Culver City, CA
"Red for Love 1" Photography 24" x 37" inch Edition of 11 by Tetiana Kalivoshko "The Red One - That Is Love" "The Red One - That Is Love" is a thought-provoking art series by Tetian...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Archival Paper, Digital Pigment

"Red for Love 5" Photography 18" x 28" inch Edition of 24 by Tetiana Kalivoshko
Located in Culver City, CA
"Red for Love 5" Photography 18" x 28" inch Edition of 24 by Tetiana Kalivoshko "The Red One - That Is Love" "The Red One - That Is Love" is a thought-provoking art series by Tetian...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Archival Paper, Digital Pigment

Absinthe Faces
Located in Chicago, IL
Absinthe Faces 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

"Red for Love 9" Photography 18" x 28" inch Edition of 24 by Tetiana Kalivoshko
Located in Culver City, CA
"Red for Love 9" Photography 18" x 28" inch Edition of 24 by Tetiana Kalivoshko "The Red One - That Is Love" "The Red One - That Is Love" is a thought-provoking art series by Tetian...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Digital Pigment, Archival Paper

"Red for Love 10" Photography 24" x 37" inch Edition of 11 by Tetiana Kalivoshko
Located in Culver City, CA
"Red for Love 10" Photography 24" x 37" inch Edition of 11 by Tetiana Kalivoshko "The Red One - That Is Love" "The Red One - That Is Love" is a thought-provoking art series by Tetia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Digital Pigment, Archival Paper

"TIME TA25" Photography 72" x 48" inch Edition 2/4 by Giuliano Bekor
Located in Culver City, CA
"TIME TA25" Photography 72" x 48" inch Edition 2/4 by Giuliano Bekor Original fine art photography by Giuliano Bekor Signed and numbered by the artist Title: Time TA25 Year: 2018 Print size: 72" x 48" Inches Artwork finished size: 73" x 49" Inches Limited edition 2 of 4 Artist proof: 2 Medium: The artwork is printed on the highest resolution museum-quality polished aluminum with a high-gloss finish. Infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets The waterproof scratch-resistant surface hygienic and durable medium. Comes in a custom gallery-style floater frame in a semi-gloss silver-face finish. Comes with a heavy-duty wooden liner float mount hanger. This artwork comes with two customizable time zone clocks...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Metal

'Lily in Charcoal' abstract expressionism photography edition of 20
Located in London, GB
'Lily in Charcoal' 2023 From raw energy to sublime. 'Lily in Charcoal' is an expression piece combining an abstract charcoal drawing with a live lily emerging from a gash. The charc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Paper, Photographic Film, Charcoal, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Exquisite Ghost - photograph of an underwater reflection - archival print 24x35"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
“Exquisite Ghost” is a part of Alex Sher’s popular series Reflections - underwater photographs that could be almost mistaken for abstract paintings as they bring up recollections of ...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Undo - Analogue black and white abstract expressionism, Limited edition of 10
Located in London, GB
'Undo' 2021 by Ugne Pouwell Printed on 38x30cm Hahnemuhle fine art paper. It is a 35mm film double-exposure composition. Photograph is a limited edition of 10. Printed on archiv...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White, Giclée

Chicago 45, abstraction
Located in New York, NY
Aaron Siskind was a prominent American photographer known for his significant contributions to abstract photography. Chicago is from a well known series where he photographed walls w...
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1950s Abstract Photography

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Silver Gelatin

YELLOW Circle Photography Limited Signed
Located in Slovak Republic, SK
Spicy yellow photography, abstract in limited edition of 5, signed by the author. It is up to YOU what you see...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Photographic Paper

Ramunės - abstract analogue black and white floral photography
Located in London, GB
'Ramunės' London, United Kingdom 2022 Limited edition of 20. Photograph printed on heavyweight fine art paper. Photograph is shipped fast and flat in secure thick cardboard packa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Film, Photographic Film, Giclée

'Lily in Charcoal' abstract expressionism photography edition of 20
Located in London, GB
'Lily in Charcoal' 2023 From raw energy to sublime. 'Lily in Charcoal' is an expression piece combining an abstract charcoal drawing with a live lily emerging from a gash. The charc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Paper, Photographic Film, Charcoal, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Florem Illusio #3
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
C-Print, framed with museum glass Size is excl. frame Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

C Print

Florem Illusio #2
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
C-Print, framed with museum glass Size is excl. frame Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

C Print

Florem Illusio #1
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
C-Print, framed with museum glass Size is excl. frame Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

C Print

Bleed # 202351 (Abstract painting)
Located in London, GB
Bleed # 202351 (Abstract painting) Chromogenic Print Face-mounted 3mm Matte Plexiglas — Unframed. Backed with extruded polystyrene, concrete, acrylic, enamel and pigments (8 cm / 3...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Bleed # 202391 (Abstract painting)
Located in London, GB
Bleed # 202391 (Abstract painting) Chromogenic Print Face-mounted 3mm Matte Plexiglas — Unframed. Backed with extruded polystyrene, concrete, acrylic, enamel and pigments (8 cm / 3...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Vestal Virgin
Located in Chicago, IL
Vestal Virgin 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Mind Flowers II
Located in Chicago, IL
Mind Flowers II 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Nirvana Baby II
Located in Chicago, IL
Nirvana Baby II 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Das Kabinette
Located in Chicago, IL
Das Kabinette 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Checkmate
Located in Chicago, IL
Checkmate 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

The Old Water Tower
Located in Chicago, IL
The Old Water Tower 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Lips on Velvet
Located in Chicago, IL
Lips on Velvet 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Orchid
Located in Chicago, IL
Orchid 22" x 17" Edition of 9 + 3 APs Analog Presets Series Archival pigment print of treated instant film
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Diamond 11 - Signed limited edition abstract print, square photo, contemporary
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Diamond 11 - Limited edition pigment print Limited Editions of 5, unframed Signed + numbered by artist, with certificate of authenticity This is an Archival Pigment print on fiber ...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Black and White, Giclée, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Ramunes - floral film photography on cotton canvas, Limited edition of 5
Located in London, GB
'Ramunes' 2024 Cotton canvas print from limited edition of 5. (Does not come with streatch bars, only canvas print) Black and white floral film photography. Made using a large fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Photographic Film, Cotton Canvas, Ink, Archival Ink, Photographic Paper,...

Dracula Orchid
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Pario #2
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Pario #1
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Dahlia on Ink - floral film photography on cotton canvas, Limited edition of 5
Located in London, GB
'Dahlia on Ink' 2024 Cotton canvas print from limited edition of 5. (Does not come with streatch bars, only canvas print) Black and white floral film photography combination with...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Photographic Film, Ink, Archival Ink, Photographic Paper, Cotton Canvas,...

Ramunės - abstract analogue black and white floral photography
Located in London, GB
'Ramunės' London, United Kingdom 2022 Limited edition of 20. Photograph printed on heavyweight fine art paper. Photograph is shipped fast and flat in secure thick cardboard packa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

Materials

Film, Photographic Film, Giclée

Chromatics #1
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Cloud #2
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
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2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Cloud #3
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

Plexiglass, C Print

Cloud #1
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Marcel Christ (1969) is a still life photographer and director of short films, based in Amsterdam. Marcel Christ’s approach to still-life photography is truly unique, making his wor...
Category

2010s Abstract Photography

Materials

C Print, Plexiglass

Albania - Mountain Skiing Black & White Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White

Untitled - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land I - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White

What Do You Want from Me - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land VII - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Kuss - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White

Snowdance - Mountain Snowboarding Black & White Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White

'Lily in Charcoal' abstract expressionism photography edition of 10
Located in London, GB
'Lily in Charcoal' 2023 From raw energy to sublime. 'Lily in Charcoal' is an expression piece combining an abstract charcoal drawing with a live lily emerging from a gash. The charc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Photography

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Paper, Photographic Film, Charcoal, Archival Ink, Archival Paper

There Is No Past - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land VII - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land V - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

2020 - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Black and White

Land III - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land IV - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Wish You Were Here - Abstract Expressionist Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Der Foto-Künstler, Roger Reist, reflektiert die Welt um uns herum und in seinen Bildern auf zauberhafte Weise: "Die gesellschaftlichen Muster zu erkennen, diese anhand von meinen Bil...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

Land II - Landscape Art Photography
Located in Salzburg, AT
Hailing from the picturesque city of Zaragoza, nestled near the Pyrenees, Carlos Blanchard's journey into the realm of photography was influenced by the rich tapestry of his upbringi...
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2010s Abstract Photography

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Color

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