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Dissertation project Katja Ferstl (abstract)

Vernacular Photography in Japan: A Culture-Historical Analysis of Japanese Family Photography

(supervisor: Prof. Dr. Evelyn Schulz)

Even though photography is nearly ubiquitous in Japan as an everyday practice and even though Japanese photographical equipment for visual “self-picturing” (digital cameras, photo booths, etc.) does dominate the global market, there is still no research investigating Japanese private photography. Therefore my research, which is based on a cultural-historical approach, seeks to introduce the development of vernacular photography in Japan. In Addition to a detailed description of academic research on this topic, a second major concern of my dissertation is to explore the large body of written Japanese material on family photography. Last but not least I will also analyze current photographic usage throughout using a questionnaire I have developed on family photography.