Has everything been photographed before? Not necessarily, but a lot of new work falls easily into pre-established patterns. Martin Parr's photographic clichés which made the rounds last spring listed several promising categories.
Now Dana Hoey has taken that idea one step further and in a more encyclopedic direction, modeling her list of conventions after Flaubert’s Dictionary of Received Ideas.
I think it's well informed and witty. Most refreshingly her list is written with a healthy dose of snarkiness, a quality sometimes lacking in contemporary criticism. Excerpts can be seen here.
(B is on hiatus until next week.)