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The Applied Visual Anthropology of John Collier
A Photo Essay
Collier Jr is best known within anthropology and sociology as an early
and tenacious advocate of visual anthropology, indeed he may have
coined the term as part of the title of his 1967 book on the subject.
This publication and an enlarged edition in 1986 have served to
introduce many to the methodological possibilities of cameras,
photographs, and photo elicitation (Collier 1967, Collier and Collier
1986). What may not be evident in those texts is that most of his own
work was of an applied nature, most often with a focus on the cultural
vitality of ethnic groups within larger societies.