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Using a camera in ethnographic fieldwork

An attempt to explore caring relationships

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Jana Gerold

When we look at anthropological publications, photographs are mainly used for either documentary or methodological purposes. Photographs are sometimes introduced as ‹realistic presentations› of what was studied and occasionally they seem to be deployed in order ‹to prove› that the researcher was actually there. Other researchers use photography as a method, informants take pictures and then discuss their meaning. Alternatively photographs are deliberately constructed with the support of informants. Finally photographs may also be produced to better recall interview partners, to remember situations and feelings – to have something ‹tangible› to relate to.