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When geography professor David Butz wanted to ask residents of a Pakistani village how they felt about a new road being constructed in their community, he brought along a vital piece of research equipment.
"We're distributing cameras, people are taking pictures, we're downloading them and then we're interviewing people about their pictures," Butz said.
Butz and his research partner, Nancy Cook, are using a methodology called autophotography that's gaining popularity with ethnographic researchers. Autophotography allows research participants to speak for themselves by selecting what they choose to focus on as they take their pictures.