The TYPOLOGY is a photographic collection of collections.
Working with cultural artifacts as a researcher and museum curator, I've developed a tremendous appreciation for the significance of objects. Studying the amazing spectrum of variation within collections provides the inspiration behind my current photographic body of work, Typology. By definition, a typology is an assemblage based on a shared attribute. Patterns, both visual and intellectual, resonate and reveal themselves within collections. Information not apparent in isolation becomes visible in context-only through studying groupings are we able to discern similarities and contrasts. In observing collections of similar things, the beautiful variations become evident. And the closer you look, the more you see.


The TYPOLOGIST is Diana Zlatanovski. Museologist, anthropologist and photographer. Currently working as a Curatorial Research Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Born and raised in and around Chicago. Things went a little bit like this:
A fairly typical, mostly happy childhood where I learned to ride a bike, but not roller skate. My teenage years are mostly spent lamenting my big, frizzy hair. In college I discovered hair products to define those unruly curls while concurrently pursuing my interest in fine art. Always curious and interested in learning about different cultures, I also took an Egyptology class and fell in love with Anthropology. For a while, I chased monkeys around a rain forest in Costa Rica. Ultimately deciding cultural collections are more my thing, I've worked in museums ever since.

Along the way, I've earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

I have exhibited in groups shows in New England and the Midwest. My work is held in multiple private collections in the Boston area.


All photos © 2010-2013 Diana Zlatanovski