Travel photography

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A tourist in front of a Gustave Courbet painting at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin.

Travel photography is a subcategory of photography involving the documentation of an area's landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. The Photographic Society of America defines a travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations.[1]

Travel photography can either be created by professionals or amateurs. Examples of professional travel photography can be found in the National Geographic magazine. Amateur travel photography is often shared online through photo sharing websites like Flickr or niche travel photography websites such as TrekEarth.


Travel photography dates from the 1850s. Early practitioners include Francis Bedford, George Bridges, Maxime Du Camp, Solomon Nunes Carvalho, Francis Frith [2] and James Ricalton.

July 1903 - Zell am See - Alexander Eric Hasse


  1. ^ - What is a photo travel image?
  2. ^ Leggat, Robert. A History of Photography: Travel Photography (accessed 24 November 2009)

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