20 Examples of Minimalist Photography

20 Examples of Minimalist Photography

Written 13 years ago by Lee

More and more people are looking to minimalism to improve their lives, getting rid of the clutter and stress and only keeping the things that are important. If minimalism can improve the way we live our lives, the way we work and the way we get things done, could it be used to improve our photography?

With so many different possible settings on today’s cameras, it can be overwhelming and confusing, especially for those just starting out in the field and when we are faced with so many options it can be tempting to just give up rather than going through the stress of getting everything wrong. Obviously doing that means we’re never going to learn which setting is the right one, so let’s take that stress away, remove the decision making process and concentrate on the one thing that is most important, taking the photograph.

Choose a Single Subject

It could also be a good idea to take your photography minimalism to another level by concentrating on just one subject. Find something or somewhere with one main focal point, no background clutter, no distractions, just the subject you’re going to photograph. When you’ve found it, shoot the **** out of it!

Concentrating on one main subject will allow you to try new things with the camera without getting overwhelmed. Take as many different photos of the same subject as you can, trying new angles, different camera settings, a range of filters, whatever you want!

The key is to just shoot without thinking so much. You’re not trying to create a masterpiece everytime you press the shutter, just trying to get new ideas and see the subject in ways that you wouldn’t normally see.

Learn New Skills by Slowing Down

When you get the photographs back, look through them all and you may be suprised that your best images aren’t the ones that you expected. If that’s the case, you will have learned something new.

Learning just one new skill doesn’t sound like much, but if you learn one new skill every day, week or month, you’ll be a much better photographer than if you just gave up because it was all too overwhelming.

Don’t try to learn everything at once, slow down and your photography will improve. Next time you get your camera out, think to yourself, what is the one main thing that I’m going to learn today?

Examples of Minimalism in Photography

Lonely Water photographs by German photographer, Bernhard Quade.

Lonely Water

Lonely Water 2

Lonely Water 3

Lonely Water 4

Iceburg Series by Canadian photographer, David Burdeny.

Iceburg Series

Iceburg Series

Iceburg Series 2

Iceburg Series 3

Iceburg Series 4

Iceburg Series 5

Minimal photographs from the world of Flickr.

Last land standing

Last land standing

France minimal

France minimal

The trail

The trail





The Pool

The Pool



where land ends gently

where land ends gently

Lough Erne Jetty

Lough Erne Jetty

Broken Jetty at Lough Neagh

Broken Jetty at Lough Neagh

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Vic  13 years ago

Good tips, great photos. Keep up the good work!

Multimedia Design  13 years ago

Like all great photos, they make me wish I was actually there.

taco cart  13 years ago

I wish life were that ‘simple.’

Azriel Knight  13 years ago

I’ll have to try this sometime, very nice!

Marcelo Campiglia  13 years ago

Great pictures. Congratulations for this great website. Good luck. Thanks :)

Rahul - Web Guru  13 years ago

Just very well thought of and well taken photos. Amazing.

Arapajoe  13 years ago

Amazing! I love this photos :)

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Squiders  13 years ago

Wow, absolutely beautiful, thank you for this

Bluetenpollen1  13 years ago

Great Designs. Thank you for sharing. :)

Simon  13 years ago

There are indeed some beautiful photos amongst the 20, but “examples of ‘Minimalist’ Photography”? No. No such thing. There are some well framed shots with simple or single subject matter, but minimal. No…

Robbie Veldwijk  13 years ago

Less is more! Great pictures!

Frank  13 years ago

Love the minimal, one of my favourit photografers is http://www.koba.se . A lot of minimal picture there

Asier RA  13 years ago

wow! it’s an amazing collection.

plrang  13 years ago

Great images set, always like to watch such kind of photography.

bee  13 years ago

Simply love them! Thanks for this inspiration!

KJ  13 years ago

Love the collection!

david  13 years ago

Number 3 of the first set {Bernhard Quade} is strong but the others in that set are just OK.

I like the ship in the second set {David Burdeny}

And although it’s been done a million times, I like the last shot of the Flickr series – the one of the jetty.

With a cloning brush there is no dust on the internet.

david  13 years ago

OK – second comment, and I’d like some feedback if possible.

I’m not crazy about the second photo from the bottom.

It’s the one of the stone jetty called ‘Lough Erne Jetty’.

And I think the reason is that the end stone is lying across the frame, so it is like a stop sign that prevents my eye from feeling comfortable moving further into the frame.

Thoughts ? (Apart from ‘you pretentious idiot’)

syx langemann  13 years ago

another photographer that has similar work that you may want to check out is Marc Koegel.


he and i are both instructors @


Luz Rivera Perez  13 years ago

Beautiful dreams come truth pictures, I wish I will be there!!!

Mark B  13 years ago

A nice selection – I particularly like the Lonely Water series, never come across that guy’s work before. Also ‘The Pool’ (the shot of the jetty/steps rising out of the water) is really atmospheric.

Just recently I posted some minimalist images from Michael Kenna, take a look here:


6ft5  13 years ago

Great set!

Jens  12 years ago

Wow, cool minimalistic photos!

ahfatlim  12 years ago

nice tips…may I link your pic to my blog?
thx bro..

Madhu Parameswaran  12 years ago

Very useful article and beautiful Examples of Minimalism in Photography

Thanks a lot

china57  12 years ago

These are amazing. May I use your prints for a 3 minute presentation on a powerpoint presentation for humanities?

Anita  12 years ago

Great pics

Pedro  12 years ago

Great article! I’ll try this myself tommorow for a minimalism challenge!

milena.  12 years ago

awesome pics.

Gerard Carmona  11 years ago

Whoa, man, this stuff, man. There’s like, nothing there, man.Yet, at the same time, it’s like everything is there. This changed the way I looked at photography, man. Power in a lack of numbers, as it were.

Isang  11 years ago

I’ve been searching for this kind of photos and glad to found it. It’s wonderful! I will now learn to take this kind of photos. Glad you share it with us.

Cha  11 years ago

Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Dennis FA  11 years ago

nice photos, thanks for sharing these. i love the first one

Trypod Kid  11 years ago

Taken up Photography in retirment, looking for positve evalution and insentive, thak you for this site, (top bookmark) – given me the knowledge I need, will recomend to others.

Kubilay  11 years ago

Excellent Photos. Thanks.

Mike DiSantis  11 years ago

also see hiroshi sugimoto. very similar work to “THEATERS” & “SEASCAPES”. GREAT STUFF THANKS!

jong araneta  10 years ago

thanks…simple is beautiful

iyics  10 years ago

Excellent Photos. Thanks.

prakash khatiwala  10 years ago

Less truly is more .

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