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What is Minimalist Photography and How Do You Do It?

Image: Jason Parnell-Brookes

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[by Jason Parnell-Brookes]

What the heck is minimalist photography? How do I take minimalist photos? And what kind of gear do I need to do it? Well, read on to find out the answers to those questions and more.

What Is Minimalism?

The term minimalism is thrown around a lot in photography, but it actually originated from the 1950s, linked to paintings and sculptures. Minimalism was then adopted by many other artistic pursuits and has even become a lifestyle movement where people rid themselves of clutter and mess in their own homes.

In photography, we talk about minimalism when there are simple, massive forms in our photos. Usually, this is where a subject is still decipherable but is simply captured with lots of negative space or large areas of calm, clutter-free sections.

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