Anthropology & Photography

ISSN 2397-1754

Anthropology & Photography is an open-access publication series edited by the RAI Photography Committee. Emerging from the international conference of the same name organized by the RAI at the British Museum in 2014, the series will highlight and make available to the widest possible audience the best new work in the field.

We are eager to solicit new contributions from anthropologists and practitioners which could be visual, textual, or somewhere in between.

Guidelines for submission:

Texts should be on average 4-6,000 words (including endnotes and references), with anything up to 30 images. We are interested in the intersections of text and image, and the capacities of the visual to concept anthropological ideas or participate in anthropological debates. We also want to support publications that are primarily visually based and are interested in the potential of the anthropological photo-essay or extended documentary project although there should always be some accompanying text that locates the images in relation to anthropology. Authors/Photographers will be responsible for clearing all image permissions and rights to publication for both their and other’s images. Contributions should be previously unpublished. Authors are welcome to discuss their proposed submission with the editor,

Manuscripts should be submitted to:


Volume 1 Daniel Miller, Photography in the Age of Snapchat (published December 2015)

Volume 2 Emilie Le Febvre, A Shaykh's Portrait: Images and Tribal History amongst Bedouin in the Negev (published March 2016)

Volume 3 Catherine de Lorenzo and Juno Gemes, From Resistance Towards Invisibility (published May 2016)

Volume 4 Shireen Walton, Photographic Truth in Motion: The Case of Iranian Photoblogs (published May 2016)

Volume 5 Carol Payne, Culture, Memory and Community through Photographs: Developing an Inuit-based Research Methodology (published September 2016)

Volume 6 Sabra Thorner, Visual Economies and Digital Materialities of Koorie Kinship and Community (published November 2016)

Volume 7 Paolo Favero, 'The Transparent Photograph': Reflections on the Ontology of Photographs in a Changing Digital Landscape (published January 2017)

Volume 8 Heather Shirey, Pierre Verger, Roger Bastide and A Cigarra: Candomblé, photography, and anthropology in the popular press (published November 2017)

Volume 9 Francisco Martínez, Analogue photo booths in Berlin: A stage, a trap, a condenser and four shots for kissing the person you love (published May 2018)

Volume 10 Christopher Morton, The graphicalization of description: Drawing and photography in the fieldwork journals and museum work of Henry Balfour (published July 2018)

Volume 11 Odira Morewabone, MATATUism: Styling a Rebel (published January 2019)

Volume 12 Duncan Shields, Alfred Maudslay’s Causality Dilemma: Archaeology, Photography and the influence of Nineteenth-CenturyTravel Literature (published June 2019)

Volume 13 Michael, Aird, Joanna Sassoon and David Trigger, From Illustration to Evidence: Historical Photographs and Aboriginal Native Title Claims in South-east Queensland, Australia (published February 2020)

Volume 14 PhotoDemos Collective, University College London, Citizens of Photography (published November 2021)

Volume 15 Heangjin Park, Reading from Cutouts: The Aesthetics of Alienation in Photographs of Chinese Factory Workers (published April 2022)

Volume 16 Sabine Luning and Robert Jan Pijpers, Drawing on words and images: Collaborations in the anthropology of the underground (published December 2022)