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Thomas S. Eberle

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 25: Collecting Images as Data

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Collecting Images as Data
Collecting Images as Data
Thomas S. Eberle

Collecting images presupposes that we know what an image is. On a common-sense level, we have usually no problem in identifying an image as an image. Images are obviously human-made artifacts that are perceived by our visual sense, which implies that they are unamenable to visually impaired persons. A number of different genres is known to every-body, like sketches, drawings, paintings, graphic designs, logos, cartoons or photographs. The activity of collecting images is widespread in modern societies in a great variety – some collect cartoons, or postage stamps, others paintings of a certain artist, epoch or theme, and many collect photos on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Collecting images can be done professionally or as ...

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