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.

Making Images

Figure 5.1 Oxford city centre, overseen by closed circuit TV camera; the camera itself is inside the dark bubble (right foreground) and shielded from public view. Late 1990s.

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Photographer: Richard White

5.1 Observing

If tape recorder, camera, or video is set up and left in place, large batches of material can be collected without the intervention of the filmmaker or ethnographer and without the continuous self-consciousness of those who are being observed. (Margaret Mead 1995: 9, first published in 1975)

The Panopticon is a machine for dissociating the see/being seen dyad: in the peripheric ring, one is totally seen, without ever seeing; in the central tower, one sees everything without ever being seen. (Michel Foucault 1977: 201–2)

Two views about the power and utility of observing – ...

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