Sophisticated, original and comprehensive, this book investigates photographic research practices and the conceptual and theoretical issues that underpin them.

Using international case studies and ‘behind the scenes’ interviews, Penny Tinkler sets out research practices and explores the possibilities, and challenges, of working with different methods and photographic sources.

The book guides the reader through all aspects of doing photographic research including practical issues and ethical considerations. Key topics include:

Working with images; Generating photos in research; Managing large archives and digital databases; Reviewing personal photos; Photo-elicitation interviews

Written in a clear, accessible style, this dynamic book is essential reading for students and researchers working with photographs in history and the social sciences.

Getting Started: Using Photos in Research

Before you start using photos in research it is important to consider five questions:

  • How do you conceptualise a photograph?
  • Can photos constitute evidence of the social world?
  • How do temporalities shape photo research?
  • What can you do with photos?
  • How do you combine methods?

These questions are at the heart of this chapter and I address each in turn. First, you need to consider how you conceptualise photos, as this is key to ...

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