chapter  6
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Visual Sociology, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism: It’s (Almost) All a Matter of Context: Howard S. Becker

People who want to use photographic materials for social science purposes - to do what is sometimes now called visual sociology - often get confused. The pictures visual sociologists make so resemble those made by others, who claim to be doing documentary photography or photojournalism, that they wonder whether they are doing anything distinctive. They try to clear up the confusion by looking for the essential differences, the defining features of each of the genres, as if it were just a matter of getting the definitions right.