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Visualizing Development. A visual narrative in photo albums.

Abstract in spanish

Development Projects and programs have frequently appeal to images and in particular to photography in diverse textual registers and virtual spaces: technical reports, illustrating NGOs websites, passbooks and report cover, brochures for donors, among other things. If in some of this registers images appear subsidized to a main text, in other they occupy a prominent place in development narrations. It was this aspect precisely that called my attention to examine a photographic corpus arranged in albums that register the implementation process of a development program intended for indigenous people in northern Argentina: to find out in its pages a development visual narrative. The photo albums under analysis were produced during the implementation of “Componente de Attention a la Población Indígena” between 1999 and 2005. The photographic images appear with all their creative potential and load with an interpretation about the development world. They invite us to reflect upon the marginal place of photography in the development field. 



Keywords: photographic albums,visual anthropology,development,indigenous people,representations.
Author: Natalia Castelnuovo Biraben. Antropóloga, doctora en Antropología Social, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Investigadora Adjunta del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (Conicet).
Received: February 26th, 2021, Accepted: May 31th, 2021
Revista de Antropología Visual - número 29 - Santiago, 2021 -1/15 pp.- ISSN 2452-5189