As Anthrostudents many of us make visual documents whilst conducting ethnography in the field. It is a research method that may serve a number of functions: a photograph can be immediate and precise where a written description taken in the field just won’t be sufficient; or photographs and sketches can later serve as visual cues, part of the process of remembering and richly representing the world in our written ethnographic pieces. Many other times, we might take a photo simply because the field throws up something so incredibly beautiful, wondrous or unusual that we’re inspired to capture it on camera.
Unfortunately, many of the photographs we take are never seen by our peers – the published representations of our fieldsites too often limited only to words, and those visual traces become archived in some folder somewhere, gathering real or virtual dust.
A few months ago, Student Anthropologist Journal started the gallery section of the website to display and highlight some of the interesting, informative and aesthetically appealing pieces we received along with our article submissions. However, we’d like to expand upon that now, and Student Anthropologist Journal is calling for all Anthrostudents, regardless of sub-discipline, to submit one of their favourite photographs taken whilst conducting ethnography in the field.
It can be of whatever subject you want, and it’s visual style and function is up to you – documentary or abstract, informative or aesthetically appealing, self-reflexive or objective – and we would like you to write a small description to accompany the photograph and explain to the viewer what the image is saying and doing. The description can be a few short sentences or a few paragraphs – up to you. (we are also happy to accept illustrations or sketches too!)
We would like to post your photographs online and curate a collection of Anthrostudent field photos in our Gallery. This is an ongoing project, with no specific deadline. For the time being we will post them up onto the “gallery” section of the website at http://studentanthropologist.wordpress.com/ but if we get a large enough response we will construct a separate website to display them all.
Finally as an added incentive, from this collection, the editorial board will choose a favourite photo and place it on the front cover of Student Anthropologist Journal’s 2014 issue release!
Please send all your photos to, with subject heading “Anthrostudent: Visual Tales from the Field” to firstname.lastname@example.org . Make sure the photo you submit is of a high resolution and remember to add a written description of what is being represented in the image. Finally at the end of the email, could you please copy and paste this statement:
I, [your name] grant Student Anthropologist Journal permission to display my photograph or illustration, accompanied with written description, on their website. I remain the sole owner of the photograph and, if I wish and for whatever reason, can ask to have the photo withdrawn immediately from the website. I am aware that the photograph will be accessible via this website free of charge and all content is available to be shared or republished, provided that I, the author, am correctly and fully sourced. Finally, I acknowledge that the photograph was either taken in a public venue, or the identifiable persons in the photograph have given permission to have their representation displayed on a publicly accessible website.
And that’s it. Submission doesn’t take much, and it’s a great way to share some of your interesting fieldwork and talent with fellow student peers. Thank you and we’re really looking forward to seeing what contributions we receive from Anthrostudents all over the globe.