Banality is a problem of late capitalism, a capitalism of macroeconomics, and an effect of material culture. Closely bound up with notions of boredom, the banal is a kind of shorthand for those routines and value systems of high capitalism that are as annoying and trivial as they are obligatory. As a photographic aesthetic or style, banality could be described as a kind of post-industrial realism.

(Boredom, Repetition, Inertia: Contemporary Photography and the Aesthetics of the Banal, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal Vol. 37, No. 4, a special issue: THE PHOTOGRAPH (December 2004), pp. 167)