understanding people in their social worlds

In Pictures

Nuanced, visual explorations of sociological themes.

Seeing Switzerland: A Cross Cultural Conversation

Switzerland carries the burden of being everyone’s idealized landscape, speaking actually as well as metaphorically. It has the highest and most beautiful mountains in Europe; … Read More

The Urban Canvas

Cities serve practical, functional, symbolic, ritual, and ideological ends, all with an undeniable visual dimension. Therefore, the city can literally be looked at from different … Read More

Documenting Social Change

Around 1978 I began using photographs to study social change. Clearly not all social change is visible, but much of it is, especially … Read More

Photo Essay: Yes, We Have Some Bananas

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the lesser known island nations in the Caribbean. However, it received international publicity when Disney chose, … Read More

The Lucky One

My parents adopted my brother Carl from Thailand six years before I was born. Read More

Looking for a Way Home

At 22, Michele Silvey has already lived an exceptionally precarious life. Read More

Life, Death, and Music in West Africa

The gyil is a 14-key frame xylophone played during funerals by the Lobi people from Ghana’s northwestern region. Gyil music combines overlapping melodies and bass … Read More