As part of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropology and Photography Conference held on 29-31 May 2014 at the British Museum’s Clore Centre, the RAI invited fully registered delegates to submit a portfolio their best photographic work. The portfolios displayed illustrate how photography is advancing the practice and understanding of anthropology and related disciplines. These are available to view here.

By providing an online exhibition of the submitted portfolios on our Flickr website, we hope to bring anthropological work to wider audiences and encourage further appreciation and understanding of research and practice. In addition to this opportunity, a selection of the work was showcased at the conference.

Portfolios were submitted according to one of the following categories, reflecting the main topic areas of the conference:

  1. Folklore and Mythology
  2. Tourism and Cultural Heritage
  3. Socio-political Conflict and Resolution
  4. The Body, Health and Medical Practices
  5. Archaeology
  6. Art, Artefacts and Material Culture
  7. Advancement in Imaging Technologies
  8. Ecological Disasters and Regeneration
  9. Iconography and Religion
  10. Social Identity and Rites of Passage
  11. Landscapes, Urban and Rural Cultures
  12. Rituals, Performance, Music and Intangible Culture
  13. Movement of peoples (migration, refugees, exiles)
  14. International Development and Environmental Conservation
  15. Self and Gender

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