Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Awards Archives - Society for Visual Anthropology

Jerome

By

February 15, 2017

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

February 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

2017 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE JOHN COLLIER JR AWARD FOR VISUAL EXCELLENCE IN THE USE OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically by the Collier award committee members of the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective accompanied by high quality photographs, both technically and aesthetically and be within five years of the original publication date.

Rules for Submissions: The project must be nominated by a current member of the American Anthropology Association.   A complete submission packet consists of:

  1. A letter of nomination from the AAA member covering why the work deserves the award, as well as the name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email.
  1. A letter of consent from the work’s author.
  1. Four copies of the work (if a physical copy exists). These copies should be requested by the author from the publisher to be sent directly to the committee.

Completed submission materials must be received by the deadline listed below.

Submissions cannot be nominated directly from the publisher but the copies of the work may be sent directly from the publisher to the committee. Collections of writings by multiple authors will not be considered.

The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA Collier Award board appointed committee then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, a certificate of recognition and award recognition stickers to place on the work.

Submissions for 2017 should be mailed to:

The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for 2017 Submission and Award Notification:

  • April 15:  Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31: Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary.
  • August 10: Award information submitted to AAA program committee.
Kate Hennessy

By

January 6, 2016

Congratulations to Thomas D. Blakely, 2015 SVA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

January 6, 2016 | By | No Comments

The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 has been awarded to Thomas Dustin Blakely. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1981 and was a founding member of the SVA, serving as its President and its representative on the American Anthropological Association Executive Board in 1986 and 1987. He has done six years of ethnographic fieldwork (including 60,000 photographs, hundreds of research films and audio recordings) in Central Africa among Báhêmbá in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is the organizer and master of ceremony of the Visual Research Conference from its inception in 1985 through the present time. Professor Blakely provides a collegial setting for these Conferences that has inspired and assisted students and professionals for the last 30 years. The presentations are works-in-progress, and many of them have subsequently been published (Scherer 2012). No one has been more dedicated to the teaching of visual anthropology than Professor Blakely. His nurturing of students where he is currently teaching at Albright College and the Berks Campus of Penn State University (where he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006), and previously at Brigham Young University and Temple University, is evidence of this dedication. He has published works in visual semiotics, proxemics, and gesture; ethnographic photography and film; religion in Africa; and African arts and performance. His contributions to SVA have also included serving several times each as AAA Program Chair for SVA, as juror for the SVA Film Festival, and SVA Anthropology Newsletter editor, as well as publishing a directory of visual anthropologists’ research and filmmaking, which includes a valuable history of the predecessors of the society.

Selected works:

Blakely, Thomas D. 1983. “To Gaze or Not to Gaze: Visual Communication in Eastern Zaïre”, in Richard Bauman and Joel Sherzer, eds., Case Studies in the Ethnography of Speaking, pp. 234-248. Austin: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

Thomas D. Blakely, 1989. “PIEF, SAVICOM, SVA: North America Visual Anthropology Organizations 1966-1989,” Directory of Visual Anthropology, Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association/Society for Visual Anthropology.

Blakely, Thomas D. and Pamela A. R. Blakely 1987. “So’o Masks and Hêmbá Funerary Festival”, African Arts 20(1):30-37, 84-86.

Blakely, Thomas D. and Pamela A.R. Blakely, 1989. Directory of Visual Anthropology. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association/Society for Visual Anthropology.

Blakely, Thomas D. and Eliot Elisofon 1974. African Carving: A Dogon Kanaga Mask [film]. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Film Study Center. Distributed by Phoenix Films and Documentary Educational Films.

Blakely, Thomas D. and Joan Swayze Williams, eds. Anthropological Excellence in Film: Ten Years of Award Winners in the SVA/AAA Film and Video Festival.Arlington, Virginia: Society for Visual Anthropology/American Anthropological Association.

Blakely, Thomas D., Walter E A van Beek, Dennis L Thomson, eds. 1994. Religion in Africa: Experience and Expression. London: James Currey, Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.

Blakely, Pamela A.R. and Thomas D. Blakely, 1994. “Ancestors, ‘Witchcraft’, and Foregrounding the Poetic: Men’s Oratory and Women’s Song-Dance in Hêmbá Funerary Performance”. In Thomas D. Blakely, et al, 1994. Religion in Africa: Experience and Expression: 398-442.

Heider, Karl. G., Pamela A.R. Blakely, Thomas D. Blakely, Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology through film, 4th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson, 2007

Kendon, Adam and Thomas D. Blakely, eds. 1986. Approaches to Gestures, special issue of Semiotica 62(1,2).

Scherer, Joanna 2012. “The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Visual Research Conference: The First Twenty-Four Years (1985-2008). Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 28 (2), Fall.

Kate Hennessy

By

June 15, 2015

Ethnographic Terminalia awarded the 2015 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology

June 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

Exciting news from the Council for Museum Anthropology!

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 MICHAEL M. AMES AWARD!!

We are pleased to announce that the Council for Museum Anthropology has awarded the 2015 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology to Ethnographic Terminalia for their collective curatorial work since 2009 and the creative experimental approach that they have brought to their installations. Their work encourages intellectual and methodological exchanges between museum anthropology, visual anthropology, digital humanities, curatorial studies and contemporary art and holds tremendous potential as Ethnographic Terminalia continues to grow, produce exhibitions and publications, and partner with diverse venues.

Please join us at the CMA reception in Denver at the AAA meetings in November when we will present the award.

cma-seal

metafactory

By

February 12, 2015

John Collier Jr. Award

February 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 JOHN COLLIER JR AWARD

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.

The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. Submissions cannot be nominated directly from the publisher. Collections of writings by multiple authors will not be considered nor can previous winners submit another time.” The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2015 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for 2015 Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15: Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31: Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary.
  • August 10: Award information submitted to AAA program committee.
metafactory

By

November 25, 2014

2014 John Collier Jr. Award

November 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes 

by Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, Enzo Ragazzini, and Elinor Ochs (2012: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA, Los Angeles).

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

The Collier Award is given for excellence in the use of still photographs for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The Alfred P. Sloan Center at UCLA conducted a study from 2001-2005 of the material worlds of contemporary middle class Americas through the participation of 32 families, faculty members, and students of archaeology, socio-culture, and linguistics who produced a wealth of visual material data. A multi-disciplinary team created over 20,000 digital photos, mapped floor plans and furniture, filmed video tapes of family interactions, completed questionnaires, and videos of family narrated home tours of their own spaces. Panoramas were constructed with still photos to accurately represent the interior and exterior spaces, which helped to reveal everyday family behavior and interactions. This publication of the study is a straightforward accessible and innovative work that breaks new ground in anthropological communication of American culture by showing us our own habits including possessions as symbols of affiliations displaying our ideas of who we are through sports, art, religion, and travel. Food and how we organize our kitchens; what we do in our leisure, our obsession with electronics, and our “zeal” to personalize our spaces as repositories of memories and identity punctuate the study.  

The images not only supplement the text but also are themselves rich ethnographic data revealing archaeology of today including our 21st century consumerism through which we search for individual identity. These are photos taken by social scientists that gained intimate access to the domestic domain of American life in an attempt to bring anthropology to a broader public through ambitious and innovative methods. The study has amassed a wealth of data on material culture that begs for further analysis but this publication has achieved substantial merit by demonstrating many of the principles of visual anthropology championed by John Collier Jr. and Malcolm Collier, thereby granting it the 2014 Collier Award winner.  

Please visit our awards page for more information about past winners.

Kate Hennessy

By

September 26, 2014

Prof. Elizabeth Edwards, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, SVA

September 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

The Society for Visual Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 has been awarded to Elizabeth Edwards. Professor Edwards is currently Research Professor of Photographic History and Director of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, (UK).  From 1988 to 2005 she was Head of the Photography and Manuscript Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum of the University of Oxford, where she was also Lecturer in Visual Anthropology in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. She has also held the post of professorial research fellow at the University of the Arts in London, and has held visiting posts at the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin and Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Durham.

Professor Edwards has worked over the last 30 years as a visual and historical anthropologist, critically analyzing nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century colonial and anthropological images. Her scholarship reflects a deep engagement with and commitment to understanding the relationships between photography, anthropology and history.  She has done seminal work on social practices of photography and on the materiality of photographs, elucidating the nature of such images as historical evidence and the frailties evident in the institutional practices of photo archives and museums.  Through her publications, teaching, and research, she continues to give us creative new perspectives on the nature of photography and the way in which photography can be harnessed as cultural and historical memory.

The 2014 award committee consisted of Jenny Chio and Joanna Scherer. This award was selected by votes cast by the SVA Board. The award will be presented at the SVA Award Ceremony on Saturday evening, December 6, 2014.

Selected Publications:

2012 The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination 1885-1918 (Duke University Press)

2001 Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology, and Museums (Berg)

1992 Anthropology and Photography: 1860-1920 (Yale University Press in association with The Royal Anthropological Institute)

De Montfort University Webpage:

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/academic-staff/art-design-humanities/elizabeth-edwards/elizabeth-edwards.aspx

Photo Credit: Courtesy of De Montfort University

Aynur Kadir

By

September 9, 2014

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

September 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGISTS,

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: 20 October, 2014 

 The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), announces the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA Washington, DC conference in December.

Positions for 2014:

SVA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Visual Anthropology

AES-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Anthropology and the Environment

SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity

 I. Program contents 

Scholarship 

— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C.;

— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;

— conference fee reimbursement for AAA Washington, D.C.

AAA Washington, D.C. 2014 

— AAA governance training;

— NASA governance participation;

— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding discussion.

Mentoring and professional training paper 

— pairing with a senior anthropologist;

— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);

— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

II. Eligibility 

i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2014.

Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply. 

III. Professional training paper topics 

Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students will have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.

Track 1, Social theory across disciplinary, subfield and national traditions: students in this track are asked to address their professional training paper toward issues related to anthropological practices across spatial, cultural, and topical dimensions. Students should scrutinize the relationship of these dimensions to the historic and contemporary differences and similarities of disparate bodies of theory. How, for example, have positivist paradigms informed some research programs while being rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?

Track 2, Perspectives on anthropology as discipline, career, and identity: much has been written on the self-situating of the anthropologist, both as this relates to methodological considerations and as a source of anthropological insight. Professional organization and practices in anthropology across the subfields are often linked to identity, as is the choice to pursue a career in anthropology. Students in this track are asked to consider contemporary theory alongside their own experiences on a topic related to anthropology as a discipline, career, and identity.

IV. Application procedure 

To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to students.anthropology@gmail.com.

Application form 

Go to: https://studentanthropologists.wufoo.com/entries/emerging-leaders-in-anthropology-2014/

Personal statement uploaded via the online form 

Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper.

Letter of recommendation 

A letter of recommendation should be sent to students.anthropology@gmail.com with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2014 letter of rec).

Basis of selection 

Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:

— academic performance and intellectual maturity;

— demonstrated leadership;

— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;

— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist anthropology or world anthropologies).

V. Questions 

Please send all questions to: students.anthropology@gmail.com.

metafactory

By

November 16, 2013

Call for Submissions

November 16, 2013 | By |

2014 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date. The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2014 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15 Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31 Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary
  • August 10 Award information submitted to AAA program committee

The Collier Award is sponsored by the SVA Board of Directors in honor of the life and work of John Collier Jr. (1913-1992). Although suffering hearing loss and cognitive impairments early in life John Collier’s visual genius was enhanced by his early association with the well-known painter, Maynard Dixon and his wife Dorothea Lange. Other important influences were the artist Nicolai Fechin, the photographer Paul Strand, and the elders and compatriots in the American Indian communities of his youth. He worked as photographer for Roy E. Stryker in the FSA (Farm Security Administration) and the OWI (Office of War Information) during the early 1940s, with later professional photographic work in the Canadian Arctic, South American, and the United States.

His first formal visual anthropological work (1946) was in Otavalo, Ecuador with the Ecuadorian anthropologist Aníbal Buitrón. This was followed with work in Nova Scotia and the American Southwest with Alexander Leighton, and a major visual ethnography (1954-55) of Vicos, Peru, with Mary E.T. Collier. Subsequent work in New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and California included close attention to issues of cross cultural education and schooling. In 1967, he authored the acclaimed book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, second edition with Malcolm Collier (University of New Mexico Press, 1986). Collier was a founding member of both the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) and a long time supporter of SVA.

Past winners:

  • 2003 The Ones That Are Wanted: the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition by Corinne Kratz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • 2003 Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture by Douglas Harper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • 2006 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals by Andrea Heckman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
  • 2008 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Images: Benedicte Wrensted by Joanna Cohan Scherer. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.
  • 2012 Moving Images: John Layard, fieldwork and photography on Malakula since 1914 ?by Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle (2010: University of Hawaii Press).
  • 2012 HONORABLE MENTION: Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles ?(2011: University of Oklahoma Press)
Kate Hennessy

By

February 5, 2013

Call For Submissions: 2013 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

February 5, 2013 | By |

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

2013 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date. The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits.  Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2013 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for Submission and Award Notification:

March 15 Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.

July 31 Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary

August 10 Award information submitted to AAA program committee

The Collier Award is sponsored by the SVA Board of Directors in honor of the life and work of John Collier Jr. (1913-1992). Although suffering hearing loss and cognitive impairments early in life John Collier’s visual genius was enhanced by his early association with the well-known painter, Maynard Dixon and his wife Dorothea Lange. Other important influences were the artist Nicolai Fechin, the photographer Paul Strand, and the elders and compatriots in the American Indian communities of his youth. He worked as photographer for Roy E. Stryker in the FSA (Farm Security Administration) and the OWI (Office of War Information) during the early 1940s, with later professional photographic work in the Canadian Arctic, South American, and the United States.

His first formal visual anthropological work (1946) was in Otavalo, Ecuador with the Ecuadorian anthropologist Aníbal Buitrón. This was followed with work in Nova Scotia and the American Southwest with Alexander Leighton, and a major visual ethnography (1954-55) of Vicos, Peru, with Mary E.T. Collier. Subsequent work in New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and California included close attention to issues of cross cultural education and schooling. In 1967, he authored the acclaimed book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, second edition with Malcolm Collier (University of New Mexico Press, 1986). Collier was a founding member of both the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) and a long time supporter of SVA.

Past winners

2003 The Ones Who Are Wanted: the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition by Corinne Kratz.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

2003 Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture by Douglas Harper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

2006 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals by Andrea Heckman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

2008 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Images: Benedicte Wrensted by Joanna Cohan Scherer.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.

2012 Moving Images: John Layard, fieldwork and photography on Malakula since 1914 by Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle (2010: University of Hawaii Press).

2012 HONORABLE MENTION: Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles (2011: University of Oklahoma Press)

metafactory

By

March 25, 2012

Call for Submissions – Still Photography Award

March 25, 2012 | By |

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography


2008 Winner

2008 Winner


The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography. The project must be nominated by a SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated.  A letter of nomination and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany two copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits.  Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection. Submissions for 2012 should be mailed to:  The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for Submission and Award Notification:

May 1st deadline for receipt of nomination and book submission to SVA

July 31 committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary

August 10th award information submitted to AAA program committee


The Collier Award is sponsored by the SVA Board of Directors in honor of the life and work of John Collier Jr. (1913-1992). Although suffering hearing loss and cognitive impairments early in life John Collier’s visual genius was enhanced by his early association with the well-known painter, Maynard Dixon and his wife Dorothea Lange. Other important influences were the artist Nicolai Fechin, the photographer Paul Strand, and the elders and compatriots in the American Indian communities of his youth. He worked as photographer for Roy E. Stryker in the FSA (Farm Security Administration) and the OWI (Office of War Information) during the early 1940s, with later professional photographic work in the Canadian Arctic, South American, and the United States.

His first formal visual anthropological work (1946) was in Otavalo, Ecuador with the Ecuadorian anthropologist Aníbal Buitrón. This was followed with work in Nova Scotia and the American Southwest with Alexander Leighton, and a major visual ethnography (1954-55) of Vicos, Peru, with Mary E.T. Collier. Subsequent work in New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and California included close attention to issues of cross cultural education and schooling. In 1967, he authored the acclaimed book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, second edition with Malcolm Collier (University of New Mexico Press, 1986). Collier was a founding member of both the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) and a long time supporter of SVA.


Past winners

2003 The Ones Who Are Wanted: the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition by Corinne Kratz.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

2003 Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture by Douglas Harper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

2006 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals by Andrea Heckman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

2008 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Images: Benedicte Wrensted by Joanna Cohan Scherer.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.

Follow us to get the latest updates.

twitter facebook rss