Students focus on visual anthropology in its primary and original form: as a research practice. Specifically, they investigate and practically explore the use of visual media as a tool for anthropological research and presentation. They discuss visual anthropology both as a supplement to textually-focused enthnography, and as an end in itself, in the creation of a visual product that explicates cultural realities. The class explores the three modes through which visual anthropologists have attempted to do this: still photography, motion film and video, and computer-based media. The class combines the discussion of theoretical and ethical issues, film and video screenings, and practical assignments in visual enthnography, using a variety of available media.
Prerequisites: SOAN 102