Photographs Like Paintings VS Paintings Like Photographs!


In the 1960’s and 1970’s emerged a movement that countered both minimalism and abstract expressionism, the Photorealism. In a photorealist painting, the artist paints from a photograph with a perfect detail that can be easily mistaken for photographs. On the other hand, technology grows and creates a contrary movement, the photography which looks like paintings. Photographs, that with no or minor Photoshop manipulation, give you the impression of a wonderful painting. I gathered here some photos from both sides. Enjoy them. Click on the images to view the artist and more alike!


Photographs Like Paintings


Paintings Like Photographs

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Graphic designer, art director, blogger, photographer lover, art lover, etc... Owner of Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest, Art Director at on cover design and coffee table books. Curator and art-rep of Freestylee (Michael Thomspson). I adore minimal design as much as vibrant and bold. The ultimate desire is to constantly inspire people and expand their work all over the world, part of our plan of CatalystIdeas©.
  • Alan Horsager

    I have a strong interest in creating photographs that look like paintings, as many of the photographers that I most admire (e.g., Saul Leiter, Jack Spencer) started out as painters.  One way I go about this is by shooting through various translucent materials such as wet or foggy windows.  As I only do street photography, I have to take what’s available.  You can see more of my work here:

  • Nolotjie

    The photographs like paintings are amazing. *love*PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE PAINTINGS