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The Definition of ‘Photographer’ According to Urban Dictionary

Here’s how Urban Dictionary defines ‘photographer’:

What just about every scene kid and hipster under the age of 25 calls themselves these days. Many own Canon Rebel xtis and rely heavily on cropping and Photoshop filters to give their otherwise mundane photos an “artsy” feel. It is also not uncommon to see them wielding Lomography cameras (usually a Holga, now that they’re sold at Urban Outfitters) on any given day. Typically, these “photographers” cite Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, or, in the case of those Vice Magazine devotees, Terry Richardson, Cobrasnake, or Richard Kern, as major influences, because they couldn’t name any other photographers to save their lives.

The typical subjects of their photographs include, but are not limited to: pidgeon-toed girls in Converse that have been drawn on with ballpoint pens and/or Sharpies, flowers/weeds growing out of cracks in sidewalks, juxtapositions of objects that typically don’t go together (in one such case, a Queen of Hearts playing card on a cracked sidewalk), a girl who looks like something out of an American Apparel ad smoking a cigarette, decaying buildings, and just about anything that looks “vintage” (ie, yellowing washing machines in a laundromat).

If you actually know what you’re doing enough to make money from photography, you’re just a poser.


Thanks for the tip, Malcolm!


Image credit: Hipster Couple – Montmartre, Paris by ChrisGoldNY


 
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  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    CRAP! Gotta sell my Holga, Diana, Wardflex, Hawkeye, Target Six-20, Argoflex, C3, Duaflex, ricohflex and KS500 :(

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    CRAP! Gotta sell my Holga, Diana, Wardflex, Hawkeye, Target Six-20, Argoflex, C3, Duaflex, ricohflex and KS500 :(

  • http://twitter.com/ABMann Will

    That’s me all the way.
    I’m just so.. lazy………..
    …………

    …..zzzzzzzzz

  • http://twitter.com/ABMann Will

    That’s me all the way.
    I’m just so.. lazy………..
    …………

    …..zzzzzzzzz

  • Miklos

    deleting all pics on my photoblog now

  • Nicola

    I am a poseur and I don’t care…I like to make people stare!

  • Iruka6

    Well I guess I better stop taking pics of my family, things I enjoy, and stop enriching my life having fun with photography because I don’t make money at it… apparently I’m just a poser unworthy to hold my Pentax.

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    I love urban dictionary

  • http://twitter.com/salzmanufaktur Salz

    So Canon Rebels are hipster’s toys? Glad I own a Nikon.
    Flamewar on, please! :D

    Oh wait. Take a look at the picture above in original size. The guy uses a Nikon.

  • http://twitter.com/salzmanufaktur Salz

    So Canon Rebels are hipster’s toys? Glad I own a Nikon.
    Flamewar on, please! :D

    Oh wait. Take a look at the picture above in original size. The guy uses a Nikon.

  • http://twitter.com/salzmanufaktur Salz

    So Canon Rebels are hipster’s toys? Glad I own a Nikon.
    Flamewar on, please! :D

    Oh wait. Take a look at the picture above in original size. The guy uses a Nikon.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    “Hipster” is just another label people use to hate others. 
    Haters gonna hate. 
    Keep on shooting what makes you happy.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    “Hipster” is just another label people use to hate others. 
    Haters gonna hate. 
    Keep on shooting what makes you happy.

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    My first dSLR was an XTi because I could afford it. Really an urban photographer is a hipster with a plastic camera, instax, or iPhone. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    My first dSLR was an XTi because I could afford it. Really an urban photographer is a hipster with a plastic camera, instax, or iPhone. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    This is a Son of A! moment.

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    This is a Son of A! moment.

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    so much wisdom in so few words..  :’)

  • outoffocus

    you’re a total looser if you make posts on petapixel.  Petapixel is so yesterday.  Dude, where’s my Tri-X?

  • outoffocus

    you’re a total looser if you make posts on petapixel.  Petapixel is so yesterday.  Dude, where’s my Tri-X?

  • Confuzzlebot

    I know, owning cameras make you look like a sell out/hipster/pretentious douche. Silly 
    article about an even sillier subject matter. It is meant to be a light hearted jab site and fun dictionary… the person who wrote that entry seems a little too convinced or their own satire.

  • Brian Jones

    I’m pretty sure real hipster’s wouldn’t use Canon OR Nikon. They would use another brand. I would tell you what it is, but it’s really obscure, you’ve probably never heard of it.

  • Brian Jones

    I’m pretty sure real hipster’s wouldn’t use Canon OR Nikon. They would use another brand. I would tell you what it is, but it’s really obscure, you’ve probably never heard of it.

  • http://www.birdwalking.ca/pblog/ RobertB

    Perhaps the Urban Dictionary author is speaking tongue in cheek. More likely he/she is so full of themselves they’d have to use a stick instead of Ex lax. Who really gives a crap what they think. Amateur photography is just as relevant as the fee for service kind.

  • Aus_Guy

    Wow. People take stuff way to seriously. I think this entry is actually pretty funny! Haha.

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    I’m the digital hipster…

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a hipster and I use the Pentax K-7. The hipsters I’ve seen give me the “photographer” fluff while waving around their Canon Rebel T2i/T3i with an F/3.5 kit lens.
    (I try not to laugh, but it’s hard) I’m working on my upgrade plan to the Canon 5D Mk2… but my budget is too small.

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    Does it actually matter as long as you enjoy it?

  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    Does it actually matter as long as you enjoy it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544665139 Beckie Woodfield

    Haha, I believe the article says if you DO make money you are a poser. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544665139 Beckie Woodfield

    Haha, I believe the article says if you DO make money you are a poser. ;)

  • Krispris

    After all of that, you write, “If you actually know what you’re doing enough to make money from photography, you’re just a poser.”  Where does this statement fit in?  If you are defending professional photographers, this last bit is not tongue in cheek.  It’s a fun, well written article, but the last sentence made me do a double take and yes, I took a self portriat of me doing the double take!

  • Krispris

    After all of that, you write, “If you actually know what you’re doing enough to make money from photography, you’re just a poser.”  Where does this statement fit in?  If you are defending professional photographers, this last bit is not tongue in cheek.  It’s a fun, well written article, but the last sentence made me do a double take and yes, I took a self portriat of me doing the double take!

  • Krispris

    I KNOW! I saw that too, and after reading a funny, well written article too!

  • Krispris

    I KNOW! I saw that too, and after reading a funny, well written article too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TH6RHBB5KXSXCKK4M7H4AKZWVA Edwood

    Kinda funny. Not even close to the best you can find for other terms on Urban Dictionary.  BTW, it’s NOT the dictionary equivalent of wikipedia.  It IS a satire site.  Which also happens to be a great way to figure out what new slang means. 

    So, it’s not just tongue in cheek… it’s snark filled tongue in cheek! 

  • ruth

    i hope you are in atmosphere of peace and love.It was very great to me when i found your profile in my searching for a responsible and reliable person to have a good friendship with and I fond a great spark in my heart despite that I have not seen you in person, but there was a feeling that really gave me a nice pleasure to communicate with you and see how the sun will shines like,am willing to be your friend and here is my email address which you can contact me ([email protected]) and after that i promise to send you my picture in my next mail for u to know who i am, and how i looks like ,
    Miss.Ruth

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  • Tin Tran

    as defined by urban dictionary