Currently we have noticed a greater awareness and acceptance both in the use of photographs and the practice of photography in all areas of academic disciplines. This panel aims at providing an overview of the different forms and practices were photography has been used as a social research method.
This panel will consider and discuss the practice and use of photography as a social research method. Photography as an art form in collaboration with the social sciences, fused as a hybrid practice; a methodology to both explore and to engage with the phenomena of the everyday and the social world. In current academic research photography and the use of photographs have opened the possibility for a detailed level of engagement with the spaces, places and people researchers visit and encounter. Through this panel we aim to explore how the ubiquitous photograph becomes a knowledge making practice. Photography with it's sensorial and performative qualities opens interaction, creates and cultivates relationships with people. Photography as a methodology has been found to stimulate and incite the emotions that bind people together. The panel will look at how the practice of photography and use of photographs can open spaces and encounters of collaboration, speed the entry into the field, assisting the researcher, our participants and viewer a closer and emotive field experience. The collaboration between social research and art practice, between the image and the text provides a space to voice the opinion, feelings and emotions of people, giving greater sensitivity and richness to an ethnography but also for knowledge dissemination and analyses. We invite papers that attempt to engage with photography beyond the observational, illustrative or as a source or a form of representation.