Cinematography: Practice as Research, Research into Practice

  • Cathy GreenhalghEmail author


This chapter explores ways to research and position the practice of cinematography and the figure of the cinematographer. Cinematography is a particular form of thinking and collaborative activity, and a specific form of praxis that combines visual ‘enskilment’ processes, aesthetic organisation and communities of practice culture. The chapter presents brief examples of cinematography research case studies under six thematic banners: text, technology, art form, process, culture, and document. The purpose of these themes is to underline how categories prioritise different qualities of research material, and that using practice-oriented interrogation may give visibility to evidence hitherto ignored. The author is a director-cinematographer and ethnographer, who draws on contemporary discussions of practice in anthropology; film production and pedagogy.


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