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 […]

Faking Pictures in Photoshop

Skeptics about the merits of digital photgraphy for architectural documentation have noted the ease with which images can be manipulated in Photoshop. The classic complaint is that if it’s so easy to remove things like power lines, how can we trust that any digital image is an accurate representation of a building? Well, I suppose […]

2008 William and Mary/CWF Fieldschool in Architecture

Prospective scholars of early American architectural history, take note: For the current 2009 fieldschool announcement, see here. College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Architectural Field School, History 490/590 June 30-August 1, 2008 Williamsburg, Virginia Carl Lounsbury, Instructor The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National […]

Computers and Fieldwork

After being diverted and delayed for 24 hours due to bad weather in Chicago, I returned late last night from the 2008 annual meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum in Fresno, CA, where, among other things, I was elected to the board of directors, to thunderous applause. At least that’s how I remember it. At […]