Visual Anthropology

John Marshall filming
Peabody ID: 2001.29.421
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The earliest indexed article on film found in the Anthropological Literature e-resource dates to 1925. Taken from Geographical Journal, the article is a review of text meant "to accompany the exhibition of kinematograph film by Mr. J. A. Haeseler." The example below shows a more recently indexed article about "Nanook of the North", a film in the Tozzer Library's collection.




Nanook of the North as primal drama

Author(s): Marcus, Alan.
Subject(s): Ethnographic films | Film genres | Nanook of the North (Motion picture) -- Criticism and interpretation | Flaherty, Robert Joseph, 1884-1951 -- Criticism and interpretation | Visual anthropology -- United States
In: Visual anthropology, v. 19, no. 3-4 (2006), p. 201-222


Featured journals in Visual Anthropology

Below is a list of selected journal titles in visual anthropology meant to illustrate the breadth of coverage in the Anthropological Literature e-resource. It is only a representative sample. For a complete list of currently indexed journal titles, please click on the "Currently Indexed Journals" tab.

American anthropologist  Indexed 1889-
Anthropology today  Indexed 1985-
Journal of contemporary ethnography  Indexed 2002-
Public culture  Indexed 1999-
Res  Indexed selectively since 1981-
Visual anthropology  Indexed 1987-
Visual anthropology review  Indexed 1991-

The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) is an experimental laboratory at Harvard University that promotes innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography.  It uses analog and digital media to explore the aesthetics and ontology of the natural and unnatural world.  Harnessing perspectives drawn from the arts, the social and natural sciences, and the humanities, the SEL encourages attention to the many dimensions of the world, both animate and inanimate, that may only with difficulty, if it all, be rendered with propositional prose.  Most works produced in the SEL take as their subject the bodily praxis and affective fabric of human and animal existence.

Additional resources

The Film Study Center at Harvard University

Soviet Information Bureau Photograph Collection,  The Davis Center Collections, Fung Library, Harvard Library

The Human Factor: Introducing the Industrial Life Photograph Collection at Baker Library, Historical Collections, Baker Library, Harvard Business School

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Daguerreotypes at Harvard, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University Library

Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University

Tehran Progaganda Murals, Harvard Library

Chilean Protest Murals, Harvard Library

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