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 Little is a photographer, author and stock shooter. You can see Jason’s photography on his Website or his Instagram feed.

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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