Photorealism is an extremely realistic form of painting or drawing, in which the artwork is based on a photograph
People often mistake photorealist paintings for actual photographs. It sometimes takes a second look to realize that the artwork is actually a painting! That's part of the fun - realizing that the image before you is not a photo, but the painstaking work of a dedicated artist. Photorealist paintings take many hours to complete, requiring intense concentration and in-depth knowledge of the materials. The end result can be breathtaking and wondrously fun.

Photorealist artists strive to create paintings that resemble photographs as closely as possible. Photorealist art is also often referred to as Super-Realism, New Realism, Sharp Focus Realism, Verism, or Hyper-Realism.  Photorealism was a primarily American art movement that emerged in the late 1960s and flourished in the 1970s.

Photorealist paintings are often quite large, often depicting objects many times larger than they actually are in real life. The paintings are usually done in oil or acrylic, either air-brushed or painted by hand with a paintbrush.

Do you remember Sharbat Gula, the famous Afghan girl who was also known as "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa". Her photograph was taken by National Geographic Society photographer Steve McCurry, on Kodachrome 64 color slide film, with a Nikon FM2 camera and Nikkor 105mm Ai-S F2.5 lens. The picture, titled Afghan Girl, appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and her eyes staring directly into the camera, was named "the most recognized photograph" in the magazine's history, and the cover is one of National Geographic's most famous. American Photo magazine says the image has an "unusual combination of grittiness and glamour". Sharbat Gula's green eyes have been the subject of much commentary.

Below is a Photorealism painting for her, alongside her original picture.

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