When looking for the next rising fine art photography stars today, one may need to look in untraditional places. In the past, the large galleries and institutions, like MOMA in New York, set the standards. Now, young fine art photographers are taking charge and promoting themselves and their colleagues.
The first place to start your quest for fresh fine art photography is the world of blogs. Some of the blogs are curated and feature different photographers daily, like iheartphotograph dot blogspot dot com, curated by Laurel Ptek. She features both a photographer of the day and longer features that highlight an artist with three or four pieces and minimal text. A majority of these photographers have their own personal websites and blogs which can be accessed by clicking on the pictures from I Heart Photograph. The photographers rely heavily on word of mouth, found as referrals from other similar blogs and sites, so once you get started on one blog, you are sure to find others. A good blog to start on is notifbutwhen dot com/2 by Chicagoan Brian Ulrich.
Next, head off to the organizations. Many fine art photography lovers have gotten together to keep the art they love alive, by giving young artists recognition. One of the best examples is Humble Arts at humbleartsfoundation dot com. They not only give others the limelight with monthly group exhibitions, they have expanded to sell work and give twice yearly grants.
Now, head to the world of publishing on demand. For most photographers, the dream is to eventually have work shown as a monograph book. The process is long and often involves raising funds from collectors. Today, many are taking advantage of the rise of on demand publishers, such as Lulu and Blurb. With some time and effort, one can make a book and offer it for sale to the public for as little as $19.99 depending on the size and number of pages in the book. Blurb has even started to court photographer, knowing they are making up a large portion of their sales, by starting a contest for the best fine art photography book which includes a cash price of $25,000 for the artists to make more work.
Now, if you are hooked on photography and want to decorate your home with your new love, there are many places to get limited edition prints for a low cost. The most extensive collection of low price prints is at Blindspot dot com in conjunction with their long running seasonal magazine.
The rise of the internet and self promotion can only help the world of fine art photography find a more diverse group of artists where geography plays little to no role and emerging photographers can be found at the click of a button.