Following to a similar effort done by Nick Turpin on his blog here is a personal attempt to describe the photography landscape based on the following 3 poles:

  • Documentary in the very strict sense of photojournalism, more often than not involving a narrative dimension / ambition as well as selective subject matter.
  • Vernacular : is about the common and the mundane as subject matter.
  • Elusiveness : is somewhat summed-up in the Winogrand quote “There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described.”.


This is a personal grid of analysis, as well as a subjective interpretation which is open to debate. It has some importance for me as a growing photographer.

I don’t want to elaborate too much right now on the chart itself and why I spotted (x) here and (y) there. But I would be happy to discuss that further.