Seriously, a quick look already turned up a general idea, much like I suspected, but I'm curious what the people using the term here mean by it.
Wow. Agree with ALMOST everything you wrote here, although many of us don't have the means to wet print at the moment, so perhaps negative scans are mainly done for necessity. I suppose I could get commercial prints and scan those.
I really like your answer to "Lith and alternative whatever". It does seem to me that lavish praise is often poured upon anything lith or wetplate on this forum, regardless of image quality. Don't get me wrong - I love a lot of it, and am in awe of what goes into the process, but it still must be a good image in the end, no?
Can we get a frame of reference for New Topographics for this discussion? Do you mean photographers like Robert Adams and Stephen Shore?
Also Wessel and Baltz. They all participated in a mid-70s exhibition. They were collectively referred to as the New Topographics. Some of it is quite interesting. It can be challenging to look at some of it because of the deadpan approach to the already potentially banal subject matter. But it remains an important influence on me in my own photography. There is an excellent book called New Topographics which I bought recently. It shows all the images that were in the original exhbition and discusses the exhibition itself and the subject matter.
Mention before that IR is a turnoff, to me that is a turn on!
Architectural photos that are solely about the building
Nudes of people tattooed and shaved
Photos that would be okay but for that one corner or edge that is weak (ill-considered composition)
extremely shallow DoF portraits
The "macro photo of toys" effect
extreme wide-angle photos
overly dramatic or black skies
Great examples of the above
well done composition
attention paid to the quality of light
helping others to make photographs
Most photography post WWII to Present
Most photography 1830's - 1930's
This is extremely difficult to put into words. I look at hundreds of photos every day and when one grabs me it is typically well executed technically, a composition strong enough to hold me in the frame and hold my attention. It is also an image that continues to draw me back to it. Any subject can be of interest.
Any well done photograph, even if it is only suitable as a textbook illustration, etc. Photography is an art and a science and good stuff is good stuff.[/QUOTE]