Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work by University of Texas Press (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionEarly in its history, anthropology was a visual as well as verbal discipline. But as time passed, visually oriented professionals became a mirity among their colleagues, and most anthropologists used written words rather than audiovisual modes as their professional means of communication. Today, however, contemporary electronic and interactive media once more place visual anthropologists and anthropologically oriented artists within the mainstream. Digital media, small-sized and easy-to-use equipment, and the Internet, with its interactive and public forum websites, democratize roles once relegated to highly trained professionals alone. However, having access to a good set of tools does t guarantee accurate and reliable work. Visual anthropology involves much more than media alone. This book presents visual anthropology as a work-in-progress, open to the myriad invations that the new audiovisual communications techlogies bring to the field. It is intended to aid in contextualizing, explaining, and humanizing the storehouse of visual kwledge that university students and general readers w encounter, and to help inform them about how these new media tools can be used for intellectually and socially beneficial purposes. Concentrating on documentary photography and ethgraphic film, as well as lesser-kwn areas of study and presentation including dance, painting, architecture, archaeology, and primate research, the book's fifteen contributors feature populations living on all of the world's continents as well as within the United States. The final chapter gives readers practical advice about how to use the most current digital and interactive techlogies to present research findings.
- Author BiographyMary Strong is a visual anthropologist, writer, and illustrator who has collaborated with painters and craftspeople in Latin America and the United States. She served on the Board of Directors and was president of the Society for Visual Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. She also coedited and contributed to the book Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work; guest-edited and contributed to two special issues of the journal Visual Anthropology; and was ethnographer for the award-winning film compilation Arts in Ayacucho. LAENA WILDER is a San Francisco-based documentary photographer whose work has taken her throughout the world. Her teaching appointments include Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and the University of San Francisco. Samples of her work can be seen at www.wildervision.com.
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2009
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note162 color and b&w figures, 3 tables, 1 diagram, 1 box
- Weight2013 g
- Width5499 mm
- Height7128 mm
- Spine916 mm
- Edited byLaena Wilder,Mary Strong
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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