Styles 101: What is Grunge Photography?

Clients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of photography, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles out there that some professional photographers offer. To help them better understand the types of photography that can be illustrated in their carefully created images, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Example of grunge photography from Stephen Cihanek Photography

Grunge photography describes a style that typically involves a lot of post-processing of the original images. Photographers who shoot in this style are trying to create a certain feeling that’s associated with the grunge culture.

While grunge music is characterized by the use of distorted chords and angst-filled lyrics, grunge photography can be seen in a similar light. The editing and enhancement applied to grunge photography has different textures layered on top of one another, unexpected cropping, and visual “noise” throughout.

This type of photography can also be considered within the realm of fine art photography, as it showcases artistic interpretations of the image.

Example of grunge photography from Shawnessy Ransom Photography

Example of grunge photography from Scott Norris Photography

Example of grunge photography from Morisue Photography

Photo Credits: Stephen Cihanek PhotographyShawnessy Ransom PhotographyScott Norris PhotographyMorisue Photography


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