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Researching and Photographing Cities: Getting started

Knowles, Caroline. 2018. Researching and Photographing Cities: Getting started. In: S Nichols and S. Dobson, eds. Learning Cities. Singapore: Springer, pp. 9-22. ISBN 9789811080982 [Book Section]

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This chapter raises preliminary issues and questions intended for those undertaking urban investigation through the camera lens. It issues an invitation to think critically about what a photograph is and how photography might be deployed in critical urban research and commentary. Entire cities are un-researchable. Yet ‘slicing’ them for investigation raises issues of partiality, limitation and applicability to the bigger issues of our time. Staring into a crack in the ground might entertain you but how useful is it really in understanding how the social world actually works?

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urban, photography, critical urban research

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