The Magic of Digital Fine Art Photography


WHAT IS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY? "Fine Art Photography" The term still creates confusion for many people. Sometimes when I tell people that I am a fine art photographer, they assume that means that I photograph other artists' paintings. As recently as 50 years ago, combining the term "fine art" with the term "photography" was generally considered to be oxymoronic. It was often believed that creating an image with a machine (camera) simply could not qualify as "fine art." That bias has been changing in recent years, in part because of the regular use of photo editing techniques.

One definition of fine art is "a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness." In other words, it is art produced primarily for beauty rather than for utility. The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question as it does the purity of the discipline.

Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the photographer that is, to express her/his artistic perceptions and emotions, and to share them with others. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism, commercial photography, and snapshots.

The images within this book reflect a broad cross-section of my photographic vision over the years. They had a profound impact on me when I was creating them and I hope they will evoke a profound response from you when you are viewing them.

In his color-rich photographs, [Mr. Ritchey] crops his subjects tightly, causing the subjects themselves to disappear. I found myself referring to the photographs as paintings, perhaps because of the richness of the color --Art Matters

We are hard put to extrapolate from the marvelous patterns to the larger [subject]--but the pattern arrests the eye. Taken out of context, [the images] are given new meanings, transformed from their original functions. --Newsday


David Ritchey




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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.