This book helps students and scholars get started on the exciting journey of using visual data in social research. It covers the many uses a researcher can make of images, from creating images as a part of the research process to collecting and analyzing images from diverse sources. Exploring the opportunities and arming readers with tools to overcome some of the practical challenges, Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research is a perfect guide to uncovering new and unexpected dimensions of social life.
Marcus Banks is Professor of Visual Anthropoloigy at the University of Oxford. Having completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, with a study of Jain people in England and India, he trained as an ethnographic documentary filmmaker at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK.
He is the author Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research (2007) and co-editor of Rethinking Visual Anthropology (1997, with Howard Morphy), and Made to be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology (2011, with Jay Ruby), as well as publishing numerous papers on visual research.
He has published on documentary film forms and film practice in colonial India, and is currently conducting research on image production and use in forensic science practice.