The second edition of this popular text confirms the book’s status as an important forerunner in the field of visual methods. Combining the theoretical, practical and technical the authors discuss changing technologies, the role of the internet and the impact of social media. Presenting an interdisciplinary guide to visual methods they explore both the creation and interpretation of visual images and their use within different methodological approaches. This clear, articulate book is full of practical tips on publishing and presenting the results of visual research and how to use film and photographic archives. This book will be an indispensable guide for anyone using or creating visual images in their research.

Material Vision

Figure 3.1 P.C. Parekh, an Indian businessman, showing a photograph attached to the minutes of a business meeting, part of his own personal archive. Jamnagar, India, 1998.

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3.1 Object and representation

All I want is a photo in my wallet a small remembrance of something more solid

All I want is a picture of you.

‘Picture This’ (Deborah Harry/Chris Stein/Jimmy Destri, 1978)

Deborah Harry’s desires are both ubiquitous and unique: many of us carry photos in our wallets or on our phones, each of which is uniquely meaningful to the person who carries it. But are such photographs any less ‘solid’ than the person or persons it represents? Most photographs, films, videotapes and certain types of art objects represent or stand for the thing depicted, at least ...

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