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Exposed lives: dialogues between viewers and installations about family photography

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This article reports on research into visual communication in art education. At a theoretical level, it examines the typical features and use of the genre of family photography as well as its origins and development in the light of earlier research and literature. Four installations, or visual-pedagogical productions, were designed on the basis of the theoretical framework and exhibited. This set up dialogues between the productions and the viewers whose open-ended responses were studied to ascertain the kinds of exchanges that took place. A new model for analysing the genre of family photography was developed that could be a useful tool in art and education and for future research.

Keywords: family; photography; visual communication; women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Lapland, Finland.

Publication date: March 7, 2007

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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