From Documentation to Representation: Recovering the Films of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson

  title={From Documentation to Representation: Recovering the Films of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson},
  author={Paul T. Henley},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  pages={108 - 75}
  • P. Henley
  • Published 13 February 2013
  • Art
  • Visual Anthropology
Although the seven films made by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, based on footage shot in Bali and New Guinea during 1936–39, are identified as a landmark in various histories of ethnographic film, these films have been the subject of remarkably little analysis in the anthropological literature. In contrast, their photographic work has received much more extended commentary. Making a close reading of the films in their final edited form, this article aims to recover this aspect of Mead and… 
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