Edited video constructed from a video oral history with visual anthropologist Paul Byers.
Interview was conducted by Allison Jablonko, Yanick Geffroy and Martino Nicolet over four days in July 2000.
Edited video focuses on photography, visual research and origins of anthropology. Interview was filmed with two cameras in Paul Byers apartment.
Discussion includes the human impulse to label including the label of visual anthropology; photographers as voyeurs or flaneurs who have the ability to be in and outside as needed; growth of photography's aesthetics and its impact on the use of photography for research; analysis of photography for the study of non-verbal communication; Margaret Mead's innate ability to connect people; Gregory Bateson's question to God; Raymond Birdwhistell's work in kinesics; and attending conferences.
Video also uses some of Byers' photographs to demonstrate points being discussed.
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Allison and Marek Jablonko collection, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution