Genre, Style, and Attitude
Categories of Photography: Genre, Style, and Attitude Towards the Medium
Ways of categorizing photographs based on Genre (what), Style (how) and Attitude (why). Given any particular photograph, there can be overlap among categories.
Categories centered on subject matter. Originally based on the hierarchy of types of paintings (history/religious, portrait, landscape, genre, still life). Photography introduced new categories.
Landscape and Cityscape (includes Architecture)
Vernacular (pictures of everyday life)
Commercial (includes Fashion, Advertising, Product, etc.)
Experimental (dealing directly with the methods of photography itself)
Scientific / Technical / Documentation / Evidence
Nudes / The Body
Broad Categories of Photographic Style
Categories of photography based on process and/or form.
Directorial / Constructed
The Photographer’s Attitude Towards Photography
Categories based on how the photographer feels about the role and function of Photography itself:
Explanatory: you want to describe, to show what is
Aesthetic: you want to show what is beautiful (or ugly, or funny)
Interpretive: you want to show how you see the world
Evaluative: you want to show what is right or wrong or change opinions