Photoethnography blog

In rooting around this morning, I found the following blog, by Karen Nakamura, a cultural anthropologist who uses documentary photography as a key component of her fieldwork. Her site has some very useful discussions of equipment and technique that, though geared primarily to making photographs of people, are also relevant to those of us who shoot buildings.

Her photographs, additionally, are very affecting. Those of us whose work centers on the relationship between buildings and people can learn from the way she presents human activity in particular environments. Look here (select “Top Twelve”) for the photograph of a carpenter at work and an old couple outside their house in Shanghai, for starters.

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