15 Outstanding Examples of Photographic Minimalism

Less is more. It has become a rather trite expression, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There are times when creative works benefit by being constructed from only the bare essentials, no extraneous stuff. No distractions. Minimalism, or the use of stripped-down design elements, is about, as comedian Bob Newhart once declared, “saying the most with the least.” It's not always necessary to fill the frame in order to make an interesting photograph. To be sure, minimalism is wide open to interpretive flourishes; macro, negative space, and abstract photography can also be minimalist photography. This a highly effective artistic strategy, beautifully demonstrated in the images below.

Minimal boat
Photo by Nikos Koutoulas

Photo by Alex

Downtown Science
Photo by Jason Devaun

Gazing out to Sea
Photo by Dawn Ellner

Photo by Evi|A|ivE

Photo by Asparukh Akanayev

Photo by Vancsai Erzsébet Gorácz Józsefné

Street minimal
Photo by Georgie Pauwels

Photo by Magdalena Roeseler

shadow of the neighbors roof
Photo by theilr

Photo by Jason Devaun

Photo by Alex

hill and oak
Photo by henry simpson

Photo by S. H.



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Jason D. Little

Jason Little is a photographer (shooting macros, portraits, candids, and the occasional landscape), writer, and music lover. You can see Jason’s photography on Flickr, his Website or his Blog.

  • Great examples Jason. This is something I have been wanting to attempt. Thanks for posting.

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  • Jay Hessey says:

    Yes very helpful. I will try this tomorrow as I practice. Thanks

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  • Bill Pearl says:

    The “devil is in the details” is the phrase that comes to mind when looking at these.

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  • Ann Reinitz says:

    I love these pictures and it gives me something to aim for. Thank you for sharing these.

  • MusaZero says:

    Very happy for my picture here!

  • Ernesto Herrera Jr says:

    Thanks for sharing. . . appreciate

  • Two pictures are not available, but these are fantastic examples. I’ve seen debates elsewhere about what minimalism is and some people tend to want to exclude macro shots, but one of the examples you include shows how a macro or close-up can also be minimal.

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  • Pat Porzelt says:

    I can’t decide if this is minimal or desolate. (Glad to have my log in sorted)


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