The Magic of Digital Fine Art Photography

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"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.

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After a hiatus of twenty years, during which he practiced clinical hypnotherapy, in the 2000's David Ritchey returned to the field of Fine Art Photography.
    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he received more than sixty awards for photographic excellence, including winning the prestigious "Expo III" national juried exhibition.  He was represented by Mussavi Arts Center of New York City, Galerie Triangle of Washington, DC, Art Masters of Princeton, NJ, and Lasting Impressions Gallery of Bucks County, PA, among others.
    His photographic images have been described as "definite yet yielding, detailed yet ethereal, subjective, emotional and profound."  In his own words: "My energy is directed toward capturing the emotional impact of what I see.  I'm looking for the "soul" of my subject, whether it is animate or inanimate.  What is important to me is the quintessential being, not the tangible reality, of whatever it is that I happen to be photographing."
    After a number of years in New England, David returned in 2007 to live in Bucks County, PA with his golden retriever, Katherine, where, he says, there is sufficient subject matter to keep him clicking for many years to come.  He is especially enthusiastic about having the opportunity to again explore his photographic roots.

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"Mr. Ritchey's eye for both color and design is excellent. ... [He] zeroes in, ... abstracting otherwise mundane objects into strong compositions that emphasize color contrasts and patterns."
-- New York Times

"Mr. Ritchey] is a truly impressive colorist . . . [with an] impeccable sense of composition and design." -- Art Speak

"[Mr. Ritchey's] strongly graphic compositions are . . . 'definite yet yielding, detailed yet ethereal, subjective, emotional, and profound.'" -- Sunstorm

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