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PHOTOGRAPHY typology {1}


Typology is the study of types, and a photographic typology is a suite of images or related forms, shot in a consistent, repetitive manner; to be fully understood, the images must be viewed as a complete series.

Kristine McKenna, “Photo Visions”, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec 1991.



While there are many great bodies of work employing this method, there is also a lot of crap. Let’s be honest, for people who have no real conceptual thinking in their work, the typology can become an easy trick. It gives work the illusion of cohesion and intellectual rigor.

Cara Philips in her blog Ground Glass : Typology [12 May 2008]



Visual Consumption By Jonathan E. Schroeder page 56 {GoogleBook}


terry-barrett-photographic-typology


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Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932)  : Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature)


Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography      page 1546


Tate Magazine  Issue 1 :
The Long Look: Michael Collins on Bernd and Hilla Becher


Bernd and Hilla Becher


Interview with Bernd and Hilla Becher (2002)

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