Annotation: Wolbert, Barbara. 2001. The Visual Production of Locality

Wolbert, Barbara. 2001. The Visual Production of Locality: Turkish Family Pictures, Migration and the Creation of Virtual Neighborhood. Visual Anthropology Review, 17(1):21-35. Looking at the photographs of the migrant Costum family (of Turkish origin) from the 70s, Wolbert follows Appadurai in suggesting that photographs contain “local knowledge.” Photographs taken by Ilyas (the first migrant to … Continue reading Annotation: Wolbert, Barbara. 2001. The Visual Production of Locality

Annotation: Poole, Deborah. 2005. An Excess of Description

Poole, Deborah. 2005. An Excess of Description: Ethnography, Race, and Visual Technologies. Annual Review of Anthropology, (34):159–79. The article presents a historical overview of visual anthropology, arguing that it has increasingly abandoned the idea of visual technologies as inherently racializing or objectifying, and it has also moved away from the question of representation (contingent moment, … Continue reading Annotation: Poole, Deborah. 2005. An Excess of Description

Annotation: Lansing, Stephen. 1990. The Decolonization of Ethnographic Film

Lansing, Stephen. 1990. The Decolonization of Ethnographic Film. Visual Anthropology Review 6:13-15, 81. As the author writes, anthropology’s positivist approach, and the idea that anthropology is almost a branch of natural history is “probably gone for good,” and has become “replaced with a more equivocal picture of a scholar who becomes engaged with the people … Continue reading Annotation: Lansing, Stephen. 1990. The Decolonization of Ethnographic Film

Annotation: Edwards, Elizabeth E. 2006. Photographs and the Sound of History

Edwards, Elizabeth E. 2006. Photographs and the Sound of History. Visual Anthropology 21: 27-46. The article supports a growing focus on sensuous, evocative and experiential anthropology. As framework, the authors uses the Gell’s action-centered approach, Stoller’s notions of sensuous scholarship, and finally, Langford’s suggestion to look into the orality of the photographs. Central to the … Continue reading Annotation: Edwards, Elizabeth E. 2006. Photographs and the Sound of History

Annotation: De Brigard, Emile. 1975. The History of Ethnographic Film

De Brigard, Emile. 1975. The History of Ethnographic Film. In, Principles of Visual Anthropology. Paul Hockings (ed.). Pp. 13-43.The Hague: Mouton. Reflective of his position as an outsider anthropologist, the author acknowledges “We now turn our cameras on ourselves for a good hard look at our own societies, thus redressing an imbalance which the “native” … Continue reading Annotation: De Brigard, Emile. 1975. The History of Ethnographic Film

Annotation: Turner, Terence. 1991. Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture

Turner, Terence. 1991. Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture and Anthropological Consciousness. In, Colonial Situations: Essays on the Contextualization of Ethnographic Knowledge. George Stocking (ed). Pp. 285-313. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Turner's work with the Kayapo of Central Brazil began in 1962. The author reflects on the transformations that have happened in … Continue reading Annotation: Turner, Terence. 1991. Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture

Annotation: McKay, Deidre. 2008. Ghosts of Futures Present

McKay, Deidre. 2008. Ghosts of Futures Present: Photographs in the Filipino Migrant Archive. Visual Anthropology, 21(4):381-392. By analyzing the Filipino migrant photographic archives that are exchanged between the translocal spaces of Haliap (Philippines) and Hong Kong, McKay aims “to explore the reflexive potential of photographs for shaping the insecure space of the future” (381). The … Continue reading Annotation: McKay, Deidre. 2008. Ghosts of Futures Present

Annotation: Torresan, Angela. 2011. Roundtrip: Filming a Return Home

Torresan, Angela. 2011. Roundtrip: Filming a Return Home. Visual Anthropology Review, 27(2): 119-130. Torresan follows MacDougall's (1992) view that images produce a different kind of knowledge, and that film allows one to “learn something experientially”. In addition, Torresan argues that film “works theoretically”, and that it is a “suggestive project that connotes, rather than denotes, … Continue reading Annotation: Torresan, Angela. 2011. Roundtrip: Filming a Return Home

Annotation: Jackson, John. 2004. An Ethnographic Filmflam

Jackson, John Jr. 2004. An Ethnographic Filmflam: Giving Gifts, Doing Research, and Videotaping the Native Subject/Object. American Anthropologist, 106(1):32-42. Writing as a native researching the Black community in Harlem, New York, the author argues that the “slipperiness of nativity” helps provide the tools for looking at filmmaking as a form of gift-giving between the ethnographic … Continue reading Annotation: Jackson, John. 2004. An Ethnographic Filmflam

Annotation: Buckley, William. 2005. Objects of Love and Decay

Buckley, William. 2005. Objects of Love and Decay: Colonial Photographs in a Postcolonial Archive. Cultural Anthropology, 20(2):249-270. The photographs being discussed in the article are the 2,600 images from the National Archives of the Gambia in West Africa usually described according to “narratives of decay” (251). This decay, as Buckley writes, is central to the … Continue reading Annotation: Buckley, William. 2005. Objects of Love and Decay