Camera monologue: Cultural critique beyond collaboration, participation, and dialogue

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Cameras always seem to capture a little too little and a little too much. In ethnographic films, profound insights are often found in the tension between what we are socially taught to perceive, and the peculiar non-social perception of the camera. Ethnographic filmmakers study the worlds of humans while leaning on, and sometimes being inspired, obstructed, and even directed by the particular non-human and monologic forms of seeing and hearing that a camera can produce. But how would a camera perceive the footage it produces, and what would it think of the various ways we use it? In this textual experiment, I imagine what different cameras might reply to these questions if they could speak. In doing so, I call attention to ethnographic filmmaking as a more-than-human, more-than-collaborative, and more-than-dialogical mode of cultural critique.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVisual Anthropology
ISSN0894-9468
StatePublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • camera, visual anthropology, extra-human, resistance, collaboration, monologue, dialogue, ethnographic film

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