Turning around the camera: Self-portraits of an anthropologist on Instagram

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This photo essay explores the practice of digital self-portraiture as an epistemological practice. Drawing on the well-established role of photography within the anthropological canon, this photo essay looks with a new criticality on the act of self-portraiture by an anthropologist as both performative praxis and ethnographic tool. Employing a series of digital photographs taken in Venice, this essay explores how the practice of taking self-portraits to enrich an Instagram self is a vital step in the ethnographic research of social media. Allowing the researcher to engage with the practices of their interlocutors through performing the same actions as they do.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
Number of pages15
Early online date21 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2023

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  • Self-portraiture
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Instagram
  • Selfie
  • Social media
  • Menswear
  • Smartphone
  • Experimental Ethnography
  • Visual anthropology
  • Anthropology of dress and adornment
  • Photography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Social Sciences(all)


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