Why and how to choose a large format fine art photography ?
Large size photo prints are prefered by many artists. Whether it be Jeff WALL, Massimo VITALI, Gregory CREWDSON or Stephen WILKES, they all use giant formats to immerse us in the heart of their pictures. You can search for a large format photograph for many reasons. The GADCOLLECTION Gallery give you its selection, ideal to convey the monumentality of a subject, to decorate a living room, a business hall or for the simple pleasure of the eyes.
When talking about large format, photographers first have in mind the large format cameras rather than the size of the prints. If you are a photographer and you are interested in large format cameras, we suggest you to read the excellent article on Tim Layton website. On the other hand, if you are looking for art prints of large format photographs, you have come to the right place. Here, we will only talk about large format prints and their contributions to the photographic subject.
The advent of digital photography, with its ever more efficient sensors, now allows high quality large format prints. Thanks to neutral ph papers and the choice of suitable inks, digital photography no longer has anything to envy to film. It allows photographers to print their photos in huge sizes. We therefore wondered what these giant prints could bring to the images, and in which cases to privilege them.
Stephen WILKES, Santa Monica Pier, LA, 2013, series: Day to Night - Santa Monica beach is a perfect example of photo needing large format print.
Large format: the dream size for landscape photos
If, like us, you love landscapes and they make you dream, the large format can be an excellent choice. It will allow you to easily get into the picture and explore every nook and cranny. Large photos also allow the landscape to unfold in space. This is how Mitch DOBROWNER uses it. This American photographer offers three types of formats: one small format at 40 x 50 cm (16 x 20 inch); a medium format at 61 x 92 cm (24 x 36 inch) and a large format of approximately 110 x 155 cm (43.4 x 61.1 inch) only for certain exceptional pieces, which require this type of dimension to express themselves to their fullest.
Mitch DOBROWNER, Natron Sunrise, série : Landscapes.
Mitch DOBROWNER, Mammatus, series: Storms.
Massimo VITALI and Stephen WILKES, two photographers known for their artworks mixing landscapes and human presence, use large format to offer dozens of micro-scenes within the same photo. Like a painting by the Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel, we enjoy watching these moments of life captured by photography. The format becomes the means to highlight human activity in relation to the immensity of space and time.
Stephen WILKES, Bethesda Fountain, series: Day to Night.
Stephen WILKES, Ipanema Beach, series: Day to Night.
Stephen WILKES, Millenium Park, Chicago, series: Day to Night.
Stephen WILKES, Blue Lagoon, Iceland, series: Day to Night.
Fashion photography: big is beautiful
Fashion photography has always had a close relationship with the large format, through poster campaigns for example. Every fashion photos are designed to be hyper-graphic and to appear in the form of giant posters as well as magazine inserts. The condition is very often to be displayed full page, or better, in double page.
Thus, fashion photography must in essence take up all the space allocated to it. Following a work on its archives, Ormond GIGLI declined his most famous fashion photos in large size editions. We invite you to discover his iconic photographs that were groundbreaking for the fashion photography world.
Ormond GIGLI, Lips, 1960, 66 x 102 cm.
Ormond GIGLI, Girl in the light, 1967, 124,5 x 127 cm.
Ormond GIGLI, Girls in the windows, 1960, 127 x 127 cm.
Large format to make them shine
Douglas KIRKLAND is known as the photographer of movie stars. His extraordinary career led him to photograph the shooting of numerous films. His images leave a trail of the last 50 years of Hollywood cinema. The GADCOLLECTION gallery gives you the chance to discover his most beautiful photographs, including a famous series of portraits of Marilyn MONROE.
Its large formats of film photo had sometimes been used as promotional posters. They give us the opportunity to get into the film before we even hit the theaters. For this, the photos must give the viewer the possibility of imagining a story, so they have an extraordinary power of narration.
Douglas KIRKLAND, Marilyn Monroe, 1961, 93 x 118 cm, series: "An evening with Marilyn".
Douglas KIRKLAND, Out of Africa, 1985, 93 x 118 cm.
Douglas KIRKLAND, Brigitte Bardot, 1965, 93 x 118 cm.
When animal photography becomes elephantine
When one wishes to convey the majesty of the animal kingdom, large format prints are one of the solutions. This requires that the photography is of high quality and that the composition is impeccable. A slight uncontrolled blurring is unacceptable. The large format does not forgive, it exposes to everyone eyes the slightest defects of a picture.
Kyriakos KAZIRAS is one of the photographers who has the talent and the patience required to take animal photos suitable for large format. His famous series Elephant Dream takes us on a journey through the African savannah. With his photos of elephants, we meet all the members of the herd. From the protective matriarchs to the lonely old male, to the shy baby elephant. His photographs of polar bears give off a purity and elegance that are perfectly suited to large-scale prints.
Do not hesitate to discover our selection of this great master of animal photography.
Kyriakos KAZIRAS, Heroes, 80 x 120 cm, series: Elephant Dream.
Kyriakos KAZIRAS, The Walk, 80 x 120 cm, series: Elephant Dream.
Kyriakos KAZIRAS, A day of memories, 60 x 120 cm,series: Elephant Dream.
Kyriakos KAZIRAS, Ode à la joie, 80 x 120 cm, series: Elephant Dream.
La grandeur des lieux photographiés
The large format can also be used to convey the uncanniness of a place. The photo prints by artist Stefano CERIO play on the absence of people. It captures the spirit of a place and evokes how it can appear in our memories. Thus, the leisure places that are amusement parks, ski resorts or cruise ships appear to us without the multitude of visitors. For his series Stefano CERIO uses a large format camera, he thus manages to capture subtle nuances of colors and lights.
Stefano CERIO, Aquapiper Guidonia (RM), 2010, series: Aquapark.
Alessandro PIREDDA, Duomo, Milano, 110 x 110 cm, series: Darkitectures.
Romain VEILLON, Sands of time, 100 x 150 cm, series: Urbex à Kolmanskop.
Romain VEILLON, urbex photographer, also works on the absence. He photographs abandoned, often dilapidated places. The large format measures the passage of time, it reflects the vanity of human constructions and the depth of history. Conversely, Alessandro PIREDDA photographs old architectures that persist in the middle of cities. These are cathedrals, basilicas and many religious buildings. The timeless character is rendered by the shooting at night and by the use of black and white.