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Country Auction Revisited Film Project

Web Archive in Visual Anthropology

Book Excepts


1995Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America. Cambridge: MIT Press.

1999 The Photographic World of Francis Cooper: Not a Bad Shot.University Park: Penn State Press. Francis Cooper Photographs and Essay

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1973a Up the Zambesi with Notebook and Camera or Being an Anthropologist without Doing Anthropology...with Pictures. PIEF Newsletter 4 [3].

1973 The Anthropological Consequences of A Wired Planet. An unpublished paper.

1974 With R. Chalfen. The Teaching of Visual Anthropology at Temple. SAVICOM Newsletter 5.

1976 In a Pic's Eye: Interpretive Strategies for Deriving Significance and Meaning from Photographs.Afterimage, 3[9]:5-7.

1978 The Celluloid Self. In Autobbiography: Film/Video/Photography. John Katz, Editor.Art Gallery of Ontario, pgs. 7-10.

1981 With Sol Worth. An American Community's Socialization to Pictures: An Ethnography ofVisual Communication. In Studying Visual Communication, Larry Gross, Editor. University ofPennsylvania Press, Phila, pgs. 200-203.

1981 Seeing Through Pictures: The Anthropology of Photography. Camera Lucida, 3:20-33.

1982 With Barbara Myerhoff. Introduction. A Crack in the Mirror: Reflexive Perspectives in Anthropology. University of Pennsylvania Press, Phila., pgs. 1-38.

1986      The Future of Anthropological Cinema –– A Modest Polemic. Visual Sociology Review  1[2]:9-13.1987   Bernd Lohse's Pictures of America, 1937.  Framework  1 [1]:5–15.

1989   Ethnographic Film.  Encylopedia of Communication, Erik Barnouw, editor.  New York: Oxford University Press, Vol 2, p.110-114

1995      The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films.  In The Construction of the Viewer: Media Ethnography and the Anthropology of Audiences, Peter Crawford and Sigurjon Hafsteinsson, editors. Hojbjerg: Intervention Press, pgs. 193-206.

2002   The Professionalization of Visual Anthropology in the United States, The 1960s and 1970s.  Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 17, No. 2:5-12.

2007   Digital Oak Park: an experiment, Critical Arts, 21:2, 321 – 332.

2010   A Unique Life in Film – A Review of The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema. By Paul Henley. Current Anthropology vol. 51, no. 6:1-2.

2013   The Teaching of Visual Anthropology at Temple University - 1967 to 2004. Visual Ethnography, vol. 2,  n. 2, pp. 38-52

The following articles have been extensively revised and updated and form the basis of a new book entitled Picturing Culture published by the University of Chicago Press. While you can still read them in their orginal form, I recommend you look at the revised versions in Picturing Culture.

1975 Is an Ethnographic Film a Filmic Ethnography? Studies In The Anthropology of Visual Communication 2[2]: 104-111.

1980 Exposing Yourself: Reflexivity, Anthropology and Film. Semiotica, 3[1-2]:153-179.

1980 Franz Boas and Early Camera Study of Behavior. Kinesis Reports 3[1]:6 11.

1981 A Re-examination of the Early Career of Robert J. Flaherty. Quarterly Review of Film Studies,5[4]:431-457.

1982 Ethnography as Trompe L'Oeil: Anthropology and Film. In A Crack In The Mirror. University of Pennsylvania Press, Phila. pgs. 121-132.

1983 An Early Attempt at Studying Human Behavior with a Camera: Franz Boas and The Kwakiutl:1930. In Methodology in Anthropological Film Making. Nico C.R. Bogaart and Henk Ketelaar, Editors. Edition Herodot, Gottingen, Germany, pgs. 25-38.

1991 An Anthropological Critique of the Films of Robert Gardner. Journal of Film and Video Vol. 43, No. 4:3-17.]

1989 The Teaching of Visual Anthropology. Teaching Visual Anthropology, Paolo Chiozzi, editor. Firenze: Editrice "Sedicesimo." pgs. 9-18.

1990 The Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and the Anthropology of Visual Communication. In Communication & Tradition: Essays After Eric Michaels, Tom O'Regan, editor. Continuum, [3]2: 53-98.

1991 Speaking For, Speaking About, Speaking With, or Speaking Alongside: An Anthropological and Documentary Dilemma. Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 7, No. 2:50-67.

1995a The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films. In The Construction of the Viewer: Media Ethnography and the Anthropology of Audiences, Peter Crawford and Sigurjon Hafsteinsson, editors. Hojbjerg: Intervention Press, pgs. 193-206.

1995b Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch. Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 11, no. 1:19-37.

1996 Visual Anthropology. In Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology, David Levinson and Melvin Ember, editors. New York: Henry Holt and Company, vol. 4:1345-1351.