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

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (


  • 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 says:

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

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