Documenting the Human Condition in Everyday Culture: Finding a Partnership between Ethnography and Photo-Documentary
This paper explores the tensions, conflicts and successes of two researchers – an ethnographer and visual artist – who combined to inquire, create and represent knowledge about the human condition.
||Ethnography, Photo-Documentary, Collaboration
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.33-38.
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Suzanne Goopy is a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and an active researcher within The Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University. Suzanne's research interests include: cultural and visual anthropology; secular ritual, the body, health and culture; knowledge and the human condition; cognitive and affective ways of knowing; and building healthy communities. She is currently working with a photo-documentist on a funded project that examines quality of life notions among older Italian-Australians.
I am a lecturer with the Department of Photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, specialising in the fields of photojournalism and social documentary. My recent projects borrow heavily from the practices inherent in visual ethnography and include hospice and palliative care (Lloyd, Passing Time, 2000), documenting a small regional community outside of Brisbane (Something about Us, Logan Art Gallery, 2001) and, currently, working on a project looking into substance misuse in the Mt Isa district. Prior to this, I worked in conflict zones documenting crisis areas such as Somalia, Bosnia and Malawi. Specifically, I investigated the rituals involved in normalising the lives of those people involved in ongoing conflict. Working collaboratively with my partner Angela Blakely, we were commissioned by the History Section of the Australian Army to investigate and document Australia's involvement in the Rwanda crisis (Fry, Gavin Rwanda: The Australian Contingent (1994-95) and the World Health Organisation (Euro office) to document health care issues in the former USSR (Images that Speak, Denmark, 1996).
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