Tracy Xavia Karner
I have been involved with IVSA since I attended the first Bologna meetings 1996. This was also my introduction to visually focused research. As a long time photo-enthusiast, I am both a maker and appreciator of photographs of all genres. The IVSA offered a way to bring both my love of photography together with my academic pursuits.
In my research, I explore the social contexts of image creation and dissemination as well as the role of images in everyday visual sociability. My recent writings investigate photography in fine art venues and everyday uses, such as Facebook, and have been published in both popular and academic venues. I continue to be fascinated with how people use visual media to understand themselves and their worlds.
I am very proud that Discovering Qualitative Research: Ethnography, Interviews, Documents, and Images, 3rd Edition, (Oxford University Press, 2014) which I coauthored Carol Warren, was the first qualitative textbook to include visual methods as an important approach for social science researchers. Currently, I am working on a book, Passion, Possibility, and Photography: Creating an Art World in Houston, Texas which chronicles forty years of the Houston photography community, from its inception to its development as an internationally significant destination for photography.
University of Houston, Department of Sociology