Photographic realism & hyperrealism The term photographic realism is synonymous with hyperrealism though the one entered the the vocabulary of the art world before the other. In the extreme sense of the word, it is the act of making art which is not just real but may be more detailed and more vibrant than even a photograph. Isy Brachot, a Belgian art dealer coined the word Hyperréalisme, meaning Photorealism, as the title of an exhibition at his gallery in 1973. Either way it has become quite popular amongst artists from 2000 and onwards. You can read more about hyperrealism in our main article.