TOP 5 WEBSITES FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
As the owner of Randy Bott Photography, getting the fine art prints to the public can be time consuming. There has been an increase in websites that sell fine art prints and other art works like sculptures, paintings, etc. Creating an online presence as a photographer is quite difficult since the competition is high. Using websites like Artfinder.com or Fineartamerica.com take the hard work out of it. An artist creates a profile, uploads the work they want to sell, and the website takes care of everything else.
Before the internet, purchasing fine art photographs was a bit complicated. Look up fine art galleries in the Yellow Pages of the phone book, drive to the gallery (if a gallery is located where you live), talk to the front desk person, and blah, blah, blah. The other option was to wait for art fairs which were in the summer. At least where I lived. What if you wanted a print in the winter, well, go back to the yellow pages and start over. Now with all the websites that offer fine art prints, it's much easier today.
FINE ART AMERICA
Fineartamerica.com is a one stop shop for buying fine art photography prints. Artists create a profile, upload images to the site and begin selling prints. Fine Art America takes care of everything else. Printing, framing, matting, shipping, etc. for the artist. The artists set the price in the print sizes available and the company takes care of the rest. The profits are sent to the artist after taking their 5% commision. 5% is quite low considering galleries usually take 50%. This model makes it easy for photographers to sell prints without creating a website, finding a print shop and everything else that goes with fine art print sales. Fine Art America also provides home decor as well. Maybe you want your photographs on bags, coffee mugs, pillows, etc. They can do that. This service is a Print On Demand (POD). This means the art is not printed until ordered. With 16 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, Fine Art America can provide products to anywhere in the world.
Saatchiart.com is an online gallery that specializes in paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices. Unlike Fine Art America, the artist takes care of the printing, shipping, etc. Saatchi Art is not a Print On Demand (POD) company. After creating website profile, photograph the art you want to sell, upload the photograph to the website, and wait for the sale. Once the artwork wells, the artist, packages and ships the piece. Saatchiart.com then takes 30% of the sale price. The commission is high but the artist doesn’t have to make a website, drive traffic to the site, etc. Saatchiart.com website takes care of that. For the buyer, Saatchi Art provides a complimentary art advisory. Think of this as your personal art curator. They will help find the art that best fits your decor, budget, and design concepts.
Artfinder.com is an online shop for artists to sell their prints. Similar to Saatchi Art, the artist is responsible for the prints and shipping. After you create the art, take a high resolution photo of it and upload it to your Artfinder profile. An advantage of using Artfinder or Saatchi Art is artist can limit the fine art prints. This creates value over open edition prints. Each artist must apply to Artfinder and have an online presence to sell their prints. The commission for selling on Artfinder is 33%-40% and the website claims this gets reinvested into artist promotion. As an artist, it’s free to set up your profile and get prints on the site. If you are looking for limited edition fine art prints, Artfinder.com is a good choice.
Singulart.com is a great place to find limited edition prints. All art on the website is offered as a single edition, especially photography. No other prints will be recreated. Artist must apply to be considered for Singulart and not many are approved. The artists must have be recognized nationally and have global potentional, held solo exhibitions and been awarded prestigious art prizes. I couldn’t find anywhere on the site about how much commission they take. Most galleries take 50% so I’m going to assume it’s close to that. All art comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and in the case of photography, each print is signed and numbered.
DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST
Buying fine art prints from the artist is the best option. The artist can talk to you about the print, how it’s made, and everything that brings a personal touch. Purchasing directly from the artist removes the middle man like Singulart.com, Saatchiart.com, and others. They paid no commissions to others representing the art work. You will notice the prints on my site come in specific sizes. If you want a size not offered, email or call and we can work something out for the print size you want. This is not an choice when working with a fine art gallery website like Singulart.com. The prints will be cheaper through the artist since no commissions are paid to a gallery. Artists are always happy to discuss the prints with clients. There isn't much information on the print other than the price when working with a third party. Checkout my Fine Art Galleries and see if any work stands out that you would like to discuss.
Fine art photography prints can be purchased from a variety of websites and galleries. Some sites offer limited edition, some offer open editions. Limited editions are always more valuable than open editions like you find on Fineartamerica.com. Buying from the artist is always the best choice as no commissions are paid and we always update our websites. But, depending on your budget, buying from the artist may not be an option. Look around on different sites and see what best fits your budget. Your budget is more important than the art.