Cultural Anthropology began publishing photo essays on its website in 2012, amid wide-ranging discussions about alternative forms of critical ethnographic expression. In 2016, this section was relaunched as a collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology known as Writing with Light. While further submissions are no longer being accepted, the peer-reviewed photo essays presented here testify to a fertile period of experimentation and engagement with visual scholarship.
In this essay, I explore an event that inspired my interest in the performative aspects of making political claims. The images included here were made at the Ap... More
I walked into the director’s office of the cultural center in the village of Severnoye—a settlement that was recently renovated with the support of a regional p... More
Internet famous and famous for being famous are two common terms of derision used in reference to online celebrities like bloggers and street style stars. This ... More
Livia Stone became fascinated with the surfaces of Oaxaca de Juarez’s walls while doing ethnographic research in the city in 2009. She took the images presented... More
Until recently, Tulum was a small, quiet town. On the Caribbean side of Mexico, close to Mayan ruins, few cabanas lined its broad white beach and these drew mai... More