The Other Image

Visual Ethnography

Martin Saxer's blog aims at making visual and academic work integral to each other.

by Martin Saxer

The Potala Palace in Lhasa before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. © 2008 Martin Saxer

The Other Image is a visual ethnography blog I started in 2011. Both photography and ethnography seek to convey stories of people and places, of particularities, often stubborn yet entangled with the wider world. I believe that arts and academia add to each other in this endeavour. Together, they can seed impressions that challenge general assumptions and let the world appear in a different light. At their best, they help us see the other image.

The Other Image is my attempt to bring visual and academic work together on a practical basis. It is not a portfolio to showcase polished images. Making visual and academic work integral to each other is an ongoing experiment. Consisting of a set of images or a short video together with a brief description, the posts provide brief glimpses and reflections of events and places I encounter during research and at home. Very often, these vignettes hold the seed of an idea to an academic article or talk.

Outputs


Blog Post

Engineering Dulong: Free houses for all. But don't forget who dug the well.

by MARTIN SAXER
27 May 2015
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Waiting for the Chinese: Tinned fish and fermented soy bean in the silver mines of Bazar Dara, Tajikistan

by MARTIN SAXER
29 October 2015
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Three Idiots and a Lake: In the footsteps of Bollywood to Pangong Tso, Ladakh

by MARTIN SAXER
03 January 2016
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Change of Shift: Casino staff in Mong La, Special Region 4, Myanmar

by MARTIN SAXER
09 May 2016
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Hotel Without Name: The fate of two stranded shipping containers

by MARTIN SAXER
13 September 2016
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Blog Post

Insurance Terror: Juggling Worlds in Jackson Heights

by MARTIN SAXER
05 May 2017
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Contact:
Highland Asia Research Group
LMU, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich, Germany

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