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Transcript of Typology
~The term ‘Typology’ was first used to describe a style of photography when Bernd and Hilla Becher began documenting German industrial architecture in 1959.
~The couple described their subjects as stoic and detached, each photograph was taken from the same angle, at approximately the same distance from the buildings.
~Their aim was to capture a record of a landscape they saw changing and disappearing before their eyes.
What is Typology?
Typologies not only recorded a moment in time, they prompted the viewer to consider the subject’s place in the world.
These photographic records of similar types please those who enjoy order and uniformity.
They prompt us to pause to reflect on similarities and subtle differences between the subjects and in some cases they also provide an important historical record.
The Bechers exhibited and published their single-image gelatin silver prints, grouped by subject, in a grid of six, nine, or fifteen.
Typology as Documentary
~Typology is considered to be a branch of documentary photography in which the main function of the photograph is information.
~Documentary photography is meant to be a archival of time and typology captures like-subjects at a specific time and setting.
The Becher's said that their Typologies were completely objective; that they were simply just a collection of similar subjects.
Can photography, especially documentary photography, be strictly objective without bias or influence?
It is said that objective photography doesn't exist.
That an artist is always swayed to capture their subjects in a certain way because of the influence of the subject.
Beauty can be found in similarity and in the differences.
A good typology will expose both.
Typology Project Criteria
~A collection of 9, 12, or 15 photos, submitted as one image.
~Each image should have similar qualities, such as:
>Zoom / Cropping
>Perspective / Height
~Images should be similar enough to feel that they belong together and different enough to be interesting.
~Some examples that come to my mind: Scars, open wallets, doorknobs, rusting boats, religious statues, neon signs, musicians' instruments, sports equipment, baseball players in the same pose.
You will be creating 2 separate typology images that SHOULD all relate in some way (ex. eyes, noses, mouths=facial features)
**Creativity is KEY for this project. Don't create an image that is surface level. Dig deep and create an image that is unique and interesting!**