Visualizing Tensions in an Ethnographic Moment: Images and Intersubjectivity

Jerome W. Crowder

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Images function as sources of data and influence our thinking about fieldwork, representation, and intersubjectivity. In this article, I show how both the ethnographic relationships and the working method of photography lead to a more nuanced understanding of a healing event. I systematically analyze 33 photographs made over a 15-minute period during the preparation and application of a poultice (topical cure) in a rural Andean home. The images chronicle the event, revealing my initial reaction and the decisions I made when tripping the shutter. By unpacking the relationship between ethnographer and subject, I reveal the constant negotiation of positions, assumptions, and expectations that make up intersubjectivity. For transparency, I provide thumbnails of all images, including metadata, so that readers may consider alternative interpretations of the images and event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-601
Number of pages18
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 18 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Andes
  • ethnomedicine
  • fieldwork ethics
  • metadata
  • photography
  • systematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology


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