Session leaders: Tom Martin (Lincoln) & Chandra Morrison (LSE)

Wednesday 4 March 2022, 12-2pm
Wednesday 9 March 2022, 12-2pm

Taught by a visual ethnographer and a photojournalist, this course offers an introduction to photography and fieldwork. Day 1 begins with a theoretical reflection on photography and the photographic image, before focusing on the researcher as photographer with a pragmatic discussion about how taking photos can function as a form of data collection and generation. Day 2 then considers approaches to participatory photography – where research participants pick up the camera to visualize and share their perspectives through a process of shared knowledge production – and presents some of the common practical and theoretical challenges to planning and facilitating a participatory photography project as part of your research. The session concludes with a group photo critique and a brief overview of working with photographs beyond the creation of the image, such as through methods of visual analysis or photo-elicitation in interviews.

This course runs over two afternoons and includes a short activity for students to complete between the sessions (please have a digital or smartphone camera available for this assignment). Blending practical exercises and group discussion, students will leave the course with a broad understanding of the possibilities of photographic practice within fieldwork and an appreciation for how to pursue these techniques within a research project.

A topic-specific reading list will be provided to participants in advance of the sessions. Those who register must be able to attend both sessions in full.

These sessions session has been organised by the Institute’s Fieldwork and Modern Languages Research group, chaired by Prof. Claire Griffiths:

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.