PS6 – Photo Shoot 6

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January 8



The Assignment

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Typology: The study of types. 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.)


What is typology? A typology, simply put, is a collection of members of a common class or type. It could be a grouping of same objects, similar style or shape of buildings or other structures, or a species of monkeys. A typology is assembled by observation, collection, naming and grouping. These actions allow the members of the class to be compared, usually in search of broader patterns. These patterns may reveal biological constants if the subjects are living things, or social truths if the subjects are human creations. The object is to find similarities AND differences on many levels.

Choosing a Subject

Before you shoot your photos, first plan out what you will be shooting and write about it in your sketchbook or other notebook. Find a common subject to compare and contrast, and to eventually unify into one image. Describe what you will be shooting, where you will be shooting it, why you chose that subject and what you wish to find as a result. Record the time for every photo. SHOOT THE SAME SUBJECT (not the same object) with UNIFORM COMPOSITION in ALL 36 frames. GOOGLE “Typology Photography” for examples.

Shooting your Typology

  • Journal your shooting time in a notebook.
  • Compose and expose your images well. You must UNIFY the series with composition, subject, color, or other elements/principles.
  • REMEMBER: Pay attention to the orientation (portrait or landscape) and composition of how you shoot all of the photos. Think UNIFORMITY.