This weeks post is a bit different. As a student newly introduce to the field of visual anthropology a excursion into methods is only natural. This week in class we watched two documentaries on the work and experiences of two very different photographers Annie Lebovitz and James Natchwey. Their work can give us insight into what to do when representing culture through a camera lens. These two photographers are different in their subject matter, personality and approach yet both contribute a perspective that can be integrated into Visual Anthropology.
Annie Lebovitz began her work taking pictures of people in their everyday life. Many of her early photographs we remarkable for their ability to capture and portray people in the patterns of their daily lives. It wasn’t untill later in her career that she began working at creating pictures. Perhaps the most notable portion of Lebovitz’s work, that pertains to ethnography, is her idea of incorporating her self into people’s lives. For and ethnographer it is imperative to almost become a part of the scenery, or at least the daily activity of the people you wish to study. In the case of Lebovitz she was not studying, simply photographing, however the concept is the same.