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Six sociologues sur un (beau) bateau. L'esthétique comme passager clandestin dans un corpus photographique

Abstract : This article builds on a workshop in visual sociology, held in the fall of 2017, on board of the “Belle Époque” ship on Lake Geneva. We reflect on the status of photographs – intended to be primarily scientific – which seemed to serve no purpose other than being “aesthetically pleasing”. Instead of turning away from these images, which in our eyes have an anecdotic or sometimes even problematic character (scientifically speaking), we put forward the idea that the tension – or even opposition – between the “beautiful” picture (aesthetic quality) and the “good” picture (heuristic quality) should be taken seriously. This question, still rarely discussed in the literature on visual methods, is yet often in the background of researchers’ visual material production. In this way, we focus on a series of 57 “beautiful” photographs, which we submit to an epistemological analysis, using four strands of reflection based on different theoretical frameworks. This exploratory approach aims to encourage reflexive experimentation in the field of visual methods.
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Michaël Meyer, Solène Gouilhers, Cornelia Hummel, Leah Kimber, Irina Radu, et al.. Six sociologues sur un (beau) bateau. L'esthétique comme passager clandestin dans un corpus photographique. Revue française des méthodes visuelles, Pessac: MSHA, 2019. ⟨hal-02378498⟩

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