The Camera and Geographical Inquiry

  • John A. Jakle


Geographers have long made use of cameras in producing photographs useful in teaching, in the conduct of research, and in publishing. Like lay people generally, they are also consumers of the massive amount of photographic imagery daily encountered on television, in the cinema, in the “pictorial” print media, in outdoor advertising, etc. Explored in this essay is academic geography’s embrace of still photography taken at or near ground level. (Other essays in this anthology treat aerial photography, including remote sensing and geographical information systems, and motion pictures). Credit is due those geographers who have made camera use and/or the analysis of photographs central to their work. The fundamental centrality of visual imagery in contemporary society suggests that much more remains to be accomplished, however. This essay seeks to offer appropriate conceptual focus encouraging to a fuller and more sophisticated embrace of photography in geography.


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