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      The visual vernacular: embracing photographs in research

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          The increasing use of digital images for communication and interaction in everyday life can give a new lease of life to photographs in research. In contexts where smartphones are ubiquitous and many people are “digital natives”, asking participants to share and engage with photographs aligns with their everyday activities and norms more than textual or analogue approaches to data collection. Thus, it is time to consider fully the opportunities afforded by digital images and photographs for research purposes. This paper joins a long-standing conversation in the social science literature to move beyond the “linguistic imperialism” of text and embrace visual methodologies. Our aim is to explain the photograph as qualitative data and introduce different ways of using still images/photographs for qualitative research purposes in health professions education (HPE) research: photo-documentation, photo-elicitation and photovoice, as well as use of existing images. We discuss the strengths of photographs in research, particularly in participatory research inquiry. We consider ethical and philosophical challenges associated with photography research, specifically issues of power, informed consent, confidentiality, dignity, ambiguity and censorship. We outline approaches to analysing photographs. We propose some applications and opportunities for photographs in HPE, before concluding that using photographs opens up new vistas of research possibilities.

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                Contributors
                Jennifer.cleland@ntu.edu.sg
                Journal
                Perspect Med Educ
                Perspect Med Educ
                Perspectives on Medical Education
                Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (Houten )
                2212-2761
                2212-277X
                2 June 2021
                2 June 2021
                August 2021
                : 10
                : 4
                : 230-237
                Affiliations
                [1 ]GRID grid.59025.3b, ISNI 0000 0001 2224 0361, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, , Nanyang Technological University Singapore, ; Singapore, Singapore
                [2 ]GRID grid.55602.34, ISNI 0000 0004 1936 8200, Division of Medical Education, , Dalhousie University, ; Halifax, NS Canada
                Author information
                http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1433-9323
                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0939-7767
                Article
                672
                10.1007/s40037-021-00672-x
                8368779
                34076836
                0518dc0a-f8b1-476c-8420-4fabc325109b
                © The Author(s) 2021

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                History
                : 28 October 2020
                : 25 March 2021
                : 21 April 2021
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                A Qualitative Space
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                © The Author(s) 2021

                Education
                health professions research,visual data,photographs
                Education
                health professions research, visual data, photographs

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