ANT 3143 - Visual Anthropology
The camera does not record objective reality and yet it tells its own kind of truths. How, then, do still and moving images create meaning through particular techniques, forms, and styles? And what are the politics and ethics of such practices? Visual anthropology explores the use of visual technologies and media in the production of anthropological knowledge, and is also the field of inquiry into visual arts and representations.
In this course, we examine the ways that critique, cinema and diverse domains of documentary photography and film have shaped each other and the kinds of questions this has raised for anthropologists.
Readings, photographs, and films will serve as the material for exploring anthropology's visual methods over the history of the discipline, while familiarizing students with expository, impressionistic, observational, experimental, and participatory styles of documentary. Through watching and writing about films from a wide range of practitioners, you will gain practice in critically analyzing visual media, while developing your own voice and perspective in a photo essay and a short documentary film.