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Photographic Prints vs. Poster Prints: A Guide

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The main difference between Fine Art Storehouse photographic prints and posters prints is quality and longevity however both prints are guaranteed to match the previews shown on our web site, making them an accurate representation of the original artwork.

History of Photographic Prints

The history of photographic prints can be traced back to the invention of photography in the early 19th century. The first permanent photograph was created in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, using a camera obscura and a process known as heliogravure. In the late 19th century, the introduction of dry plate photography made it possible to produce photographic prints in a matter of minutes, instead of hours or days. This development, along with the invention of the handheld camera, opened up new possibilities for amateur and professional photographers to capture and preserve images.

In the 20th century, advances in film and printing technology led to the widespread use of photography in advertising, journalism, and fine art. The introduction of colour photography in the 1930s expanded the creative possibilities of photography, and by the 1950s, the development of instant cameras, such as the Polaroid, made it possible for people to see their photographs within minutes of taking them.

Today, photographic prints continue to play an important role in preserving memories, documenting events, and expressing artistic vision. The history of photographic prints is a testament to the power of the photographic image as a tool for communication and as a means of preserving and sharing memories.

History of Poster Prints

The history of poster printing dates back to the late 19th century, when the invention of colour lithography made mass-production of colourful posters possible. During this time, posters became a popular form of advertising and were used to promote products, events, and political campaigns.

In the early 20th century, the Art Nouveau movement in Europe popularized the use of posters as works of art. Artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha created iconic posters that combined bold graphics with distinctive styles. These posters were used to promote concerts, cabarets, and other cultural events.

During World War I and World War II, posters were used for propaganda and recruitment purposes, and after the war, they continued to be used for advertising and promotion. In the 1960s and 1970s, the popularity of posters increased as they became a way for young people to express their political views and to decorate their homes and apartments.

Today, posters continue to be a popular form of expression and decoration, and advances in printing technology have made it easier and more affordable to produce high-quality posters. They are used for advertising, promotion, decoration, and to convey political or social messages. The history of poster printing is a testament to the power of graphics and design to communicate ideas and to influence popular 

About Fine Art Storehouse Photographic Prints

Fine Art Storehouse photographic prints are high-quality made from digital images. The ink and other components used to create photographic prints is of a slightly higher quality than posters. Printed on archival quality photo paper (paper coated with light-sensitive chemicals) image sharpness and colour accuracy is exceptional. They are produced using professional-grade printing equipment have a long lifespan and are less prone to fading or deterioration. Fine Art Storehouse photographic prints are available in a range of print sizes (e.g. 7x5" (18x13cm) to 40x30" (102x76cm))  and  print finishes (e.g. gloss, matte, luster).

Photographic prints can be displayed in a variety of ways, depending on the intended use and personal preferences. Here are some popular ways to display Fine Art Storehouse photographic prints:

In frames: perfect for framing, photographic prints can be framed and displayed on the walls of homes, offices, or galleries for a personalised look. Popular frame styles include wood frames for a classic look, metal frames for a more contemporary style, or custom frames tailored to a specific need. 

On mantles or shelves: Photographic prints can be placed on mantles, shelves, or other flat surfaces, to add interest and personal touches to the decor.

About Fine Art Storehouse Poster Prints

Available in standard posters sizes (e.g. A0, A1, A2, A3 & A4) Fine Art Storehouse poster prints are unique because they are printed on extremely high-quality poster paper. An enlarged version of photographic prints,  budget-friendly poster prints can be displayed in a variety of ways and locations, depending on the intended use and personal preferences. Here are some popular ways to display poster prints:

On walls: Poster prints can be hung on the walls of homes, offices, dorm rooms, or any other space where wall decor is desired. They can be framed or simply affixed to the wall using poster tape, thumbtacks, or poster hangers.

In rooms: Poster prints can be used to decorate specific rooms, such as living rooms, bedrooms, or children's rooms. They can be used as focal points or to create a themed look.

In offices: Poster prints can be used to decorate corporate offices, waiting rooms, or other public spaces. They can be used to promote a company's brand or to provide a welcoming atmosphere

Are Photographic Prints better than Poster Prints? 

The answer depends entirely on what your purpose is and budget. If you love nothing more than being in the presence of art, or perhaps you have a particular subject or artist that you admire? Perfect for framing, versatile and functional, a photographic print may be a better option.

On the other hand, posters have grown more fashionable over the years. If you are looking for a quick, easy, affordable large format print for home decor, or a corporate space, opting for posters may be ideal for you. They make great art pieces and are perfect for bringing room decor together. Framed with a contemporary poster frame, they look even more amazing. 

In summary, Fine Art Storehouse photographic prints are recommended for long-term display, while Fine Art Storehouse poster prints are recommended for a short-term, affordable wall decor. 

Either product is of an excellent quality, so which one you choose really depends on your personal preference, as both have their unique place in any room decor.