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The Impact of Photographs on the Researcher: An Ethical Matter for Visual Research


McLeod, K and Guillemin, M, The Impact of Photographs on the Researcher: An Ethical Matter for Visual Research, Ethics and Visual Research Methods: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, D Warr, M Guillemin, S Cox and J Waycott (ed), United States, pp. 89-100. ISBN 978-1-137-54854-2 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54305-9_7


Discussion about visual research ethics predominantly focuses on the effects of visual research methodologies on participants. The effect of visual research methodologies on researchers has received little attention and there has been no sustained investigation into how visual materials generated by the research methodology can impact on the researcher. This chapter draws on a research project where participants created photographs to share their experiences of antidepressant use and wellbeing. It shows how photographs act in particular ways with serious ethical consequences for researchers. The effect that photographs can enact on the researcher introduces an ethical issue that requires further attention and articulation by visual researchers. We discuss some of the implications of considering the action of photographs themselves to ethical discussion about visual research.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:visual research, research ethics, timelines, photos, situated ethics, reflexivity
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
ID Code:113822
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-01-24
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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