Visual Anthropology

A group to bring people together that are interested in Visual Anthropology.

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It seems ..but

Started by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Jun 11, 2014.

New photos in Russia The Guardian

Started by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Jun 11, 2014.

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Comment by Susan Falls on July 9, 2010 at 8:10pm
There is a documentary by Anne Makepeace "Coming to Light" that does a nice job of exploring Curtis' personal life, the financing of his work, and some of the debates that have surrounded it. Aaron Glass has done some terrific work on the contexts of Curtis' work as well.....see A Cannibal in the Archive: Performance, Materiality, and (In)Visibility in Unpublished Edward Curtis Photographs of the Kwakwaka'wakw Hamat'sa in Visual Anthropology Review (2009).
Comment by Martin Hoyem on July 9, 2010 at 8:04pm

We have spent some time looking through the Edward S. Curtis Collection at the Library of Congress, and picked out a few photos which are currently our favorites. From these we have selected the ones showing different examples of masks, because – as William Butler Yeats pointed out in 1910 – mask are just so damn cool:
It was the mask engaged your mind,
And after set your heart to beat,
Not what's behind.

These are wonderful, captivating images. Enjoy a stroll through our gallery, and see for yourself.
Comment by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on June 3, 2010 at 9:55pm
I want to invite to go into the link of Domestic and to see it who ´re around Bracelona until 27 th junes 2010.

I did there a small job contribution as an antrhopologist in interdisciplinary field in this photographic and ethongraphic project about the private western places.

I wait your comments,
I´m sorry about my english,
Its a long time dont write.
I speak in sapnish and french,
but I can understand english.

If you need any info about the exhibition ask me.

Comment by Martin Hoyem on April 23, 2010 at 8:24pm

We just released another feature with lowrider photos on American Ethnography:

"Back in 2005, while doing fieldwork among lowriders in the southwestern states of USA, American Ethnography’s owner and editor Martin Hoyem photographed the people he met and their cars.

Now, as part of our ongoing research on “Car Customizing and Outlaw Aesthetics” we give you a gallery of photos from that fieldwork."

Comment by Martin Hoyem on April 19, 2010 at 8:19pm
American Ethnography recently released a feature with Jack Parsons' photography of lowriders in New Mexico, taken between 1993 and 1999. Jack Parsons says he has “a soft spot for cultural anthropology” – he is, after all, the grandson of pioneering anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons. The gallery is here: Bajito y Suavecito
Comment by Rafael Lasevitz on April 19, 2010 at 7:24pm
Hi guys, I'm doing a research on Bolivian (and Latin-American in general) cinema, militant cinema especifically - or cinematographic attempts of communication between opposite sectors of society (indians/white peopole, peasants/upper classes, and so on).

I am already familiar with much of the production in that area, at least, from the 60's till very recently. What I do want to know, and perhaps someone here can help, is if there is any cinematographic production of that sort being done RIGHT NOW in LatAm, and especially in Bolivia and Peru, be it from well known directors, be it from small cineclubs, etc.

Any contact would be of great help!

Thanks, Rafael.
Comment by Ricardo Greene on March 11, 2010 at 1:35am
Remember that you are all invited to join and collaborate with OVERLAP, a network platform that provides a space of reunion and screening for audiovisual researchers dealing with the theoretical, ethical and aesthetical questions of representation and subjectivity.

We believe that social scientists are responsible for making the knowledge they produced available to a broader audience, and so this group has been created as an open and free platform that will increase and enrich the accessibility of anthropological films and discussions. We like to think of this space as the first step in a larger project that will -in the future- include public screenings, forums, joint projects and publications.

We accept any audiovisual work produced using ethnographic methodologies, but are especially interested in those that explore the particularities of audiovisual language in order to convey and communicate social knowledge in creative and unconventional ways. We want to become a dynamic and horizontal laboratory where people with wide spectrum of fields, cultures and nationalities can reflect, debate, find support and exchange their views on the diverse ways in which reality can be experienced and represented.

If you have any question do not hesitate to ask.

Ricardo Greene
Coordinador -OVERLAP: Laboratory of AudioVisual Anthropology
Comment by gonçalo mota on March 11, 2010 at 1:29am
yes, it have a dramatic effect, and i also believe in the power of the form to express the content. but, few weeks ago i so this great film "winter soldier", that with the simple classic interview, and some direct cinema, built one of the most powerfull films, that i saw about the war experience.
Comment by Neil Turner on March 11, 2010 at 12:23am
Very nice piece and I particularly enjoyed the shadowy ambiance. After spending two years in Vietnam, I understand the "madness" of's worst creation.
Comment by Rick Holden on March 1, 2010 at 6:21am
I love visual anthropology, although I have no talent for it. I wanted to link to a short film that tells a single story of an informant. There were pictures taken during the story that he is telling, which is incredibly powerful. The artist is able to collage the pictures together in a way that tells the story during the narrative. Good ethnography usually tells a good story, helps to get a better sense of what it was to be there. I thing that this new format does that really well. I think digital manipulations are the future of overlaying cultural nuance and emotion upon static images. The fact that its telling the stories of soldiers is secondary to the way it is done. You get both the inner and outer voices which give a fuller understanding of what's going on. The stories have been compiled from private journals that soldiers ...

If you don't want to watch the whole thing the link below is my favorite section. Each story is don't completely different, and some in animation. I've been a soldier in my life, and I can say that I've never seen anything that so starkly shines a light on the stress caused by the cognitive dissonance of understanding that your enemy is also a human being. That's harder than any movie depiction has ever shown. That that aspect is seen in the way these are done. Brilliant.


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