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This article is hard to understand; an example would help a lot. -- Beland (talk) 18:30, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
For example, in printmaking, printmakers are sometimes exhorted not to use a printmaking technique to merely make multiple copies that are meant to approximate a non-printmaking technique, such as painting. Instead printmakers are advised to look for the characteristics that the particular method of printmaking lends itself to. The result is expected to be a type of imagery that more clearly derives from the strengths and weaknesses and peculiar characteristics of that printmaking method than to imitation of an unrelated medium of visual expression. This is just an example. In fact I doubt if this is the example given by the formulators of the concept of medium specificity. Many more examples can be imagined: Photography has characteristics unlike the painting and drawing that preceded it in time. The concept of medium specificity would probably call for a delving into the natural "inclinations" of that medium, whatever that may mean, in practice. But this is just a concept. Of course we have photorealistic painting. Photorealistic painting may violate the principle of medium specificity, but it is nevertheless good. The above is all original research. I don't know what examples were given by the original formulators of this concept. Perhaps someone else does. Here's a link to something on the subject. Bus stop (talk) 19:57, 26 June 2009 (UTC)