Visual Anthropology

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

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I have been asked to remember everybody that there are other groups here that narrow down the broad theme of Visual Anthropology.
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Anthropological Filmmaking

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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 Isidor Fernandez on April 11, 2012 at 4:47pm

New documentary in thr Visual & Media Anthropology Archive.

Comment by Aparecida Maria de Souza Schmidt on April 12, 2012 at 10:21am

Lovely, wich camera did you used?

Comment by John McCreery on April 12, 2012 at 11:18am

A beautiful piece of filmmaking. What does it tell us about the people and the place? We see lots of animals and glimpses of old people, but no young people or children. I am reminded of villages in Japan, where the children are gone and the average age of farmers is now seventy-plus. The people here don't look that old; but I'm not seeing anyone that I would guess is younger than forty. The landscape looks pretty desolate. If this were a commercial film, I'd be waiting for the horror and/or violence to begin. What am I being shown here?

Comment by Isidor Fernandez on April 17, 2012 at 4:06pm

The youth went to the cities. It is one of the biggest problems of the small towns of Spain.

Aparecida, the camera is a Canon Eos 5

Comment by Inês Ponte on June 24, 2012 at 6:04pm

The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences ( is taking place in Manchester, UK, from August 5th-10th August 2013 and is now open for submissions.

Those concerned with visual anthropological questions might be interested in our panel, Visual Encounters: audiovisual approaches to anthropological knowledge (V01), to which we invite you to submit a paper. Proposals should be submitted through the 'Propose a paper' link on the call page,

Please note that the deadline for paper proposals is July 13.

Short Abstract:
This panel explores how audiovisual methods are being used in contemporary research and what insights such use may bring to anthropologically informed research questions. We invite discussions concerned with ethics, representation, and with the distinctive knowledge produced by audiovisual means.

Long Abstract:
The purpose of this panel is to explore the contributions of visual anthropology to elucidate socio-cultural anthropological concerns. Photography, film and sound recording devices have been of great importance in the development of the discipline as a whole. The works of Bronislaw Malinowiski, Margareth Mead, Gregory Bateson and Claude Levi-Strauss explored the use of the image in its moving and static forms, while Jean Rouch's ethnofictions experimented with the camera as a tool for reflexivity. Moreover, contributions that questioned the notion of anthropology as a 'discipline of words' have given emphasis to the impact of (audio-)visual research in contemporary anthropological enquiries. The aim of our panel is to explore how audiovisual methods are being used in contemporary research and what insights and debates such use may bring to anthropologically informed research questions.

The fact that video, photographic cameras and sound recording equipment are becoming more and more accessible to anthropologists, as well as to their subject groups, is a feature in contemporary research creating interesting dynamics and posing new challenges in terms of ethics and representation.

Audiovisual explorations in the field also enabled researchers, such as David MacDougall (among others), to investigate sensorial and corporeal forms of understanding, turning visual anthropology into a field of scientific research with its distinctive methods and epistemological assessments.

We are inviting contributions that explore the use of audio-visual media in research whilst providing significant insights to general anthropological debates. The papers can include the screening/showing of audio-visual material.

Convenors: Martha-Cecilia Dietrich, Ines Ponte, Luciana Lang, Flavia Kremer (University of Manchester)
Comment by Francesco Marano on July 15, 2012 at 10:45am



Call for Papers, Video, Photo-Essays, Reviews

To publish in 2012 the deadline is: August 31, 2012


Visual Ethnography is an online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to researches on the following topics: the production and the use of images and audiovisual media in the socio-cultural practices; the ethnographic representation through audiovisual media and devices (film, photography, multimedia, etc.); the gaze and the practices where vision is an important item for the construction of the meaning in the social relationships and practices; on the visual dimension of objects, bodies, places and environments. Moreover, the journal reserves a space for articles devoted to reflections on theories and methods of anthropology.

Visual Ethnography publishes two issues a year in five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The interests of Visual Ethnography cross visual anthropology, media anthropology, visual cultures, museography, photography, contemporary art, cultural studies, film studies, anthropology of the senses, digital cultures, anthropological theory.

Comment by Nafisa Fera on August 3, 2012 at 12:52pm

The Body Canvas Photo Competition


The Royal Anthropological Institute has launched its third international photo competition open to anyone interested in anthropology and photography. The topic is body art and modification. Categories include: 1) tattoos and scarification, 2) piercings and body reshaping. Deadline for submissions is 30th September 2012.  For more information and to download an application form visit:

Comment by Michael Broderick on September 11, 2012 at 3:14pm

Greetings! I'm new here, so I thought I would introduce myself. I am an aspiring visual anthropologist currently working in Japan as an English teacher while beginning fieldwork for my next film project on the side. The only proper visual anthropological work I have worked on is the video below which explores the experiences of the Gullah/Geechee community in the Southeastern US in preserving their heritage and culture. Any feedback or folks interested in future collaborations, please feel free to message me. I look forward to seeing everyone else's work here soon!

Comment by Dimitris Dalakoglou on September 30, 2012 at 8:26pm

Athens: Social Meltdown.

A little documentary on Athens of the crisis: 

Comment by Sheyma Buali on February 10, 2013 at 7:45pm

I have been searching for an article entitled "natives shoot back" which takes a critical look at anthropologists practices of giving cameras to their native/subjects.  I cannot seem to find it, or anything about this practice, anywhere.  Would anyone be able to help?


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