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Zur Archivierung von Feldforschungsfotos: Eine Umfrage und Argumente

Hans Fischer
Zeitschrift für Ethnologie
Bd. 131, H. 2 (2006), pp. 325-342
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25843058
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Zur Archivierung von Feldforschungsfotos: Eine Umfrage und Argumente
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Abstract

The turn of the millennium marks a change in the technical elements of photography, a change from chemical films to digital photography and storing. It also marks the retirement of a generation of anthropologists in Germany that began ethnographical field-work after the war in the fifties. There are problems of the archiving of their field-work photographs. A survey by email among a number of them resulted in an estimated several hundred thousand photographs to be put into archives within the next years. Another result indicates that few of the surveyed have detailed registers and written information about their photographs that would make a later scientific use of them possible. The article argues that different phases and aspects of field-work lead to a very different extent of information of the fieldworker about his photographs. A case is given for the extent of needed data so photographs can be used at all as anthropological data. On the other hand, there are conditions that are needed for photographic archives to use photographs in later research.

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