Notes on developing a photo-ethnographic practice in Basilicata
motion blur – much further from a traditional documentaryaesthetics but closer to local understandings. In going beyond illustration, it makes sense for visual anthropologists to look at photography as an art practice in order to develop interpretive, expressive and evocative styles that make the most of its fundamental ambiguity.
I have come full circle. The challenges that in some views stand in the way of a photo-ethnographic practice – lack of reciprocity, dependence from text, partiality and ambiguity – can be overcome by focussing anthropologically on the