Illustrative Photography

Illustrative photography is a term that refers to taking a photograph of something and editing the image to create a whole new perspective of the image. This type of photography is used in advertising, covering the front page of a book, marketing and even journalism.

Famous illustrative photographers are Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin, Illustrative Photography started in the 17th century. The image below is an image of one of the first examples of illustrative photography ‘illustration of camera obscura’. The image used geometrics, artillery and mechanics to show the depths of the world at the given time period.

A lot of techniques used in illustrative photography consist of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, montage, digital design, multimedia, 3D modelling. These techniques give images more meaning and more depth into the story the image portrays. By using these different techniques it allows viewers of the image to understand the message of the image in a deeper level.