Autophotography Research Funded by CRISS
Published on July 18 2012
Drs. Nancy Cook (SOCI) and David Butz (GEOG) recently received a CRISS award to mount a photography exhibit in Shimshal, a small mountain village in northern Pakistan where they are conducting research on road accessibility and social change. Photos in the exhibit were produced as part of an auto-photography project that involved giving villagers digital cameras, inviting them to take pictures that convey the importance of a recently-constructed jeep road for their daily lives, and discussing the photos with them. The exhibit, which will be timed to coincide with the ninth anniversary of the road’s completion, will allow community members to see each other’s photos and will generate further data in the form of comments and group discussion. The printed photos will be stored permanently in a publicly-accessible community archive. According to Dr. Cook, “the CRISS grant enables the continuation of an innovative and productive line of research, while also providing the community with an important visual record of social transformation.” CRISS research awards are granted three times each year to researchers in the Faculty of Social Sciences.