Styles 101: What is Retro Photography?

Clients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of photography, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles out there that some professional photographers offer. To help them better understand the types of photography that can be illustrated in their carefully created images, this series of posts will provide clients with explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Retro photography creates a distinctive aesthetic, by imitating styling from the past. These are not antique photos but photography that is consciously derivative of trends, fashions, attitudes, and technology from previous decades.

Nostalgia plays a large role in this genre, where props and wardrobe dictate a moment in history. The treatment of the photo itself may play a role in retro styling through the use of film grain, chromatic coloring, digital filters, framing, and even the decision to shoot on celluloid film.


Photo Credits: John Anderson Fine Art Photography, Monica Hofer Photography, Katherine O'Brien Photography, Loni Newby Photography


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