Photography that revisits: Participatory influences in post-colonial, auto-ethnographic visual anthropology practices

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Sobers, S. (2014) Photography that revisits: Participatory influences in post-colonial, auto-ethnographic visual anthropology practices. In: Photography and Anthropology Conference - Royal Anthropology Institute, British Museum, London, 29 - 31 May 2014. British Museum: British Museum Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/23152

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My current creative practice – of a photographic discourse which revisits and moves closer into the subject after the shutter has been pressed - brings together three distinct but (for me) related areas in my educational background; BA in film & photography, MA in Anthropology of Media, and a PhD in Participatory & Community Media. Challenging the accepted practices of contemporary fine art photography as a medium which is largely self-contained, and that of visual anthropology where the images usually points towards a larger body of background research – my practice is a fusion of the two, with experiments to find the blurred lines and presenting the visual anthropology as the art work, and the art work as the anthropology. This paper will talk through some of my projects in this area, which draw on archive images, historical documents and other pre-produced stimuli to re-imagine, re-interpret and re-visit ideas with an auto-ethnographic African diaspora post-colonial sensibility. As a practitioner/researcher who also happens to be Rastafarian, I am fully aware of the complexities of embracing anthropology, which is a discipline not without its critics in afro-centric discourses, and this is a tension I bring to my work as a visual anthropologist.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology, photography, post-colonialism, Orientalism, autoethnography, visual anthropology
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
Depositing User: Dr S. Sobers
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2014 12:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 17:41
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/23152

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