There are several definitions for Fine Art Photography. Wikipedia defines the subject as:
"Fine Art Photography refers to photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism, which provides visual support for stories, mainly in the print media, and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to sell products or services”.
Merriam-Webster broadly defines fine art photography as:
"art concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects".
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus provides one as well:
"Fine Art Photography" (preferred term) or "art photography" or "artistic photography" is "the movement in England and the United States, from around 1890 into the early 20th century, which promoted various aesthetic approaches. Historically, has sometimes been applied to any photography whose intention is aesthetic, as distinguished from scientific, commercial, or journalistic”.
This study is the result of a course on the subject taken in May 2011
These are some of the learnings about what adding textures / overlays to photographs can do: