Reflections on an Ethnographic Film Festival

My friend and I slunk into the auditorium showing Kivalina because the line for a workshop held by a prominent filmmaker was tailing back into the café area and we didn’t have a hope in hell of getting in. But that’s the magic of serendipity. Turns out Kivalina was well worth the compromise as the film […]

2017 John Collier Jr. Award for Use of Photography in Anthropology

The 2017 competition for the John Collier Jr. Award for Excellence in the Use of Still Photography received a significant number of submissions this year. The judging was a rewarding and engaging task as each submission was impressive in breadth and scope of the research and the variety of types of images, maps, and graphics […]

Visual Anthropology in the 21st Century

The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) has been around since 1984. Our members come from around the world and are involved in all aspects of the production, dissemination, and analysis of visual forms. Promoting the use of  audio-visual forms for the description, analysis, communication and interpretation of human behavior, the SVA aims to push the […]

Ethnography and Street Photography

Two Arts of Serendipity Street photography, notes Magnum photographer Alex Webb, is a practice of harnessing serendipity. Photographers never know what they are going to find when they go out on the streets. They have to stay open to what comes their way and be ready for it when it does. They have to let […]