ILL-U-GRAPHY – Illustrative Photography

While reading Lisa Hogbens posting “unhip hipstamatic or fauxtography fail

I realized that some reason or another, I haven’t heard the word Fauxtography before but I like it.

It definitely describes a lot of what I’ve been seeing on the phone boards and pages. 

 People just shooting pictures & putting them up with nothing behind them. People posting endless variations on an image, apparently searching for something but sticking up even the bad images.

Now I have seen a great amount of interesting Illustrative work done with small cameras, phones & apps.

I wonder if we don’t need a category of Photography called Illustrative mashed with  “graphy”.

Perhaps IlluGraphy would do.

I’m not sure this term will engender the respect it deserves though but it will be a good place holder until one is found.

Something not quite what I’d call Photography but definitely thought thru, interesting and new.

…and yes… I do IlluGraphy too…




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Photographer, computerist, slayer of Dragons Head of Photography for AWSchmitt Ltd. producing Creative, Illustrative Photography for your needs. ( ) Formally Head of Photography, Peters Valley Center For Crafts, Layton, NJ (
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7 Responses to ILL-U-GRAPHY – Illustrative Photography

  1. pjhoggers says:

    Nice one and I might have to steal the name!

  2. I ventured into Illu-tography some time ago and have been exploring it again, lately…
    Here are some early pieces:

  3. speeddemon2 says:

    You hit the nail on the head with the part about several variations of the same image. It’s as if the fauxtographer is looking for validation instead of trying to offer their own take on an image, I like both terms too Illugraphy and fauxtography are apt descriptions of the styles.

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