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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Comment by Julia Yezbick on April 26, 2011 at 3:26pm

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Comment by Sheyma Buali on April 24, 2011 at 3:00pm
as someone looking to create visual ethnographies of place, i often find myself unsure if my work can be categorized as anthropology or art. my portfolio in progress: I welcome comments
Comment by Christos Varvantakis on March 20, 2011 at 10:08pm
I've uploaded part of a photo-essay here:
Comment by Martin Hoyem on January 1, 2011 at 7:16am
Portraits from a country where “90% of the population is Catholic and 100% of the population is Vodou,” Phyllis Galembo's photos reveal what she herself calls “the hidden vitality of the Haitian Vodou tradition.” We are proud to present to our readers this gallery of pictures from Galembo’s book.
Comment by Elizabeth Lino C. on December 22, 2010 at 7:31am
Comment by Edo on December 1, 2010 at 1:22pm
Manchester is a bit of classic Visual Anthropology influenced by RAI, however in the recent years they start to be more experimental and creativ. MAVIS at Goldsmiths, University of London is a good place if you like to develop your own creative, even artistic language of films with anthropological topics. Goldsmiths College has always been arty, this influences also the Visual Anthropology there. The main style difference is that the students are encouraged to transmit the experience from within the group you are filming rather then standing with the camera outside and observing from above. This kind of experiential style in a extended way is also taught at Harvard Labs. It is a top school if you like observational style of films. The Head of the Department there made recently a film called 'sweet grass' ( when you see it you know what I mean with 'observational'. So it's a matter of your own personality really, whether you prefer rather a classic style (BBC-like docu) or want to be more unconventional and experimental. Good luck!
Comment by Michael Francis on November 30, 2010 at 1:54am
@ Bruno - I think that you are right in that if you have a project and the abilities many cultural anthropology programs would be happy to support your pursuits even if they are not explicitly a visual anthropology program. Also many of the products of visual anthropology films, pictures become subsumed as part of methodology and you will still need to write a thesis anyways and that is text based no matter the school.
Comment by Julieta Gaztañaga on November 30, 2010 at 1:44am
Hi Leia,
Manchester University would be a great choice for the kind of MA your are looking for; of course if you would make it to UK.
Comment by Bruno Grilo on November 30, 2010 at 1:39am
I would prepare myself very well in terms of theory on my subject, get some insights on documental cinema and photography and then grab a camera, film and then edit.
You may get a lot from masters in this field, but the initiative of having a project and be technically prepared is much more important in my oppinion.
Comment by Sandra Oliveira on November 30, 2010 at 12:45am
_Hi Leia,

I'm presently studying Visual Anthropology in Lisbon, Portugal - a master programme at Nova University/FCSH. I'm enjoying a lot and actually one of the teachers finished her masters at Manchester University (seems to be quite good and maybe easier for you to go to an english speaking country and not embracing portuguese language).


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