So-called silver-process photography was for a long time a technique specific to journalists and reporters; it was only around 1960 that the technique began attracting the interest of the artistic community. Photographic prints can be combined with the plastic arts or can be part of all manner of literary explorations.

In the early 1960s, digital photography appeared in turn and today seems preferred by most art photographers. Compared to earlier techniques, it offers quite considerable advantages, not least the unlimited storage of images in a digital memory and the endless ways of enhancing and retouching photographs directly on a computer screen by means of specialist software. From simply correcting colors to reordering whole pictures or even creating entire images, practically everything is now possible. In 1992 the first professional digital camera became available; it was soon followed by an ever increasing number of other new sophisticated designs.