Visual Projects for Introductory Cultural Anthropology Courses<br />Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D. <br />Society for Anthropology in ...
PhotographyProjects<br /><ul><li>Photo Observation
Photo Inventory
Photo Interview
Photo Social Interaction</li></li></ul><li>PresentationBasics<br />Select  10 Photographs and Label each with thick (detai...
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Burned onto a CD/DVD
Mounted prints
On a Poster Board
In an Album </li></li></ul><li>Photo Observation<br /><ul><li>Attend an event in which it would be acceptable to photograp...
Come with the eyes and ears of an anthropologist
Make note of everything the “natives” do
Go alone, be the guest of a key informant or attend with a co-researcher</li></li></ul><li>PossiblePhoto Observation Venue...
Football Fans
Pool Hall  
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  1. 1. Visual Projects for Introductory Cultural Anthropology Courses<br />Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D. <br />Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges<br />March 18, 2010<br />San Francisco, CA<br />
  2. 2. PhotographyProjects<br /><ul><li>Photo Observation
  3. 3. Photo Inventory
  4. 4. Photo Interview
  5. 5. Photo Social Interaction</li></li></ul><li>PresentationBasics<br />Select 10 Photographs and Label each with thick (detailed) descriptions. Present either as a:<br /><ul><li>Power Point Show
  6. 6. Posted on Slideshare.net
  7. 7. Burned onto a CD/DVD
  8. 8. Mounted prints
  9. 9. On a Poster Board
  10. 10. In an Album </li></li></ul><li>Photo Observation<br /><ul><li>Attend an event in which it would be acceptable to photograph strangers
  11. 11. Come with the eyes and ears of an anthropologist
  12. 12. Make note of everything the “natives” do
  13. 13. Go alone, be the guest of a key informant or attend with a co-researcher</li></li></ul><li>PossiblePhoto Observation Venues:<br /><ul><li>Hockey Fans
  14. 14. Football Fans
  15. 15. Pool Hall  
  16. 16. Sports Bar
  17. 17. Beauty Parlor  
  18. 18. Car Racing
  19. 19. Surfing   
  20. 20. Music
  21. 21. Dance Concert</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Gay Culture
  22. 22. Singles Bar
  23. 23. Rave Party
  24. 24. Homeless Shelter
  25. 25. Dog Park
  26. 26. Tattoo Parlor
  27. 27. Health Spa
  28. 28. Low Riding
  29. 29. Swap Meet</li></li></ul><li>Photo ObservationPresentation<br /><ul><li>Titlename of project [be creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
  30. 30. Select 10 photosthat reveal cultural activities, how space is used, dress, ritual behaviors, cultural rules
  31. 31. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the needs this culture satisfies as well as how they are satisfied. Describe the ways the cultural practices are effective.</li></li></ul><li>Photo Inventory<br /><ul><li>Find a location in which the material objects present tell us important cultural information about the people who use this space. </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>You may seek the guidance of one or more of the users of this space to explain what everything is and how items are used
  32. 32. Photograph an overview of the space as well as detail shots from angles that reveal how the space is engaged.</li></li></ul><li>Possible Photo Inventory Spaces<br /><ul><li>Homes
  33. 33. Bedrooms
  34. 34. Clubs
  35. 35. Kitchens
  36. 36. Studios
  37. 37. Coffee Houses
  38. 38. Bars
  39. 39. Markets</li></li></ul><li>Photo InventoryPresentation<br /><ul><li>Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)
  40. 40. Select 10 photos that reveal the unique qualities of this space, how it is used, decorated and arranged.  Think especially about the cultural rules and behaviors that dictate how the space is engaged.
  41. 41. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the cultural needs this space satisfies.</li></ul> <br />
  42. 42. Photo Interview<br /><ul><li>Create a photo profile of someone who interests you
  43. 43. Consider picking someone who is culturally different from yourself. </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Think about groups that you have little or no interaction with or knowledge about and that you are curious to learn more about.  
  44. 44. Try to choose someone who is different from you in multiple dimensions of diversity (i.e., race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, social class, religion, primary language, etc.). </li></li></ul><li>Photo InterviewProcess<br /><ul><li>With your subject’s permission shoot a series of photographs that you and they think reveal who they are and how they live.  They may want to change costumes and show you who they are in different settings that they inhabit.  (You may choose to focus on one aspect of their cultural world…and just photograph that.)
  45. 45. Print out the best photos and return to have them reflect on what they say.  Have them write out their responses…
  46. 46. Prepare a presentation that incorporates their comments on who they are, what their cultural practices mean to them as well as your anthropological view of their world(s).</li></ul> <br />
  47. 47. Photo InterviewPresentation<br /><ul><li>Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Select 10 photos that best reveal the uniqueness of the subject you chose.</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Use detailed descriptions plus your subject’s commentaries to tell us what is culturally unique about your subject.</li></li></ul><li>Photo SocialInteraction<br /><ul><li>Record people engaging in an activity.  
  48. 48. Photograph people in relationship to each other
  49. 49. The activity may reveal differences in status, role and gender. </li></ul>  <br /><ul><li>Your series of photographs should reveal stages in the interaction as in a sale, a conversation, a dance or a process.</li></li></ul><li>PossibleVenues for Social Interactions<br /><ul><li>Swap Meet
  50. 50. Tennis Game
  51. 51. Dance
  52. 52. Party
  53. 53. Meal/Picnic
  54. 54. Playground
  55. 55. Dog Park
  56. 56. Contest</li></li></ul><li>Photo Social InteractionPresentation<br /><ul><li>Title (name of project [pick something creative!], your name, name of course, instructor’s name, date of completion)</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Select 10 photosthat reveal stages in a social interaction with particular consideration to how space is used and how cultural objects are engaged
  57. 57. Write detailed descriptions that help us to understand the cultural rules of engagement of your subjects and their cultural objects.</li>

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