Faculty Publications

Title

The Magic of Theater: Photographing a Performative Academic Career

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Charles Vanover

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

ISSN

ISSN: 1532-7086 Online ISSN: 1552-356X

Abstract

I discuss my efforts as a “good enough” photographer and describe the role photographs play communicating important moments from a series of ethnodramas I built about the Chicago Public Schools. I discuss my early efforts to use photography to legitimize my arts-based research practice, describe how my goals changed, and explain how I created images to communicate the energy of live theater. Building on Eisner’s theoretical work, I discuss three tensions of my photographic practice: intention versus improvisation, action versus artifice, and safety versus possibility. These tensions emphasize my limits as a photographer and the possibilities of arts-based research.

Publisher

SAGE Publications, Inc

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