Gardner, Robert (1925-2014)

Deger, Jennifer (2018) Gardner, Robert (1925-2014). In: Callan, Hilary, (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, pp. 1-3.

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Robert Gardner occupies an influential and controversial place in the history of ethnographic film. As a filmmaker and founding director of the Harvard Film Study Center, he championed film as an aesthetic medium of poetic interpretation and sensuous experience, directing films in Ethiopia, India, and New Guinea working alongside regional anthropological specialists. The resulting films—Dead Birds (1963), Rivers of Sand (1974), and Forest of Bliss (1985)—endure as documentary classics, inspiring new generations of experimental filmmakers and enlivening contemporary discussions about art practice in anthropology.

Item ID: 55696
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-1-118-92439-6
Keywords: aesthetics; film; humanism; sensory anthropology
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 05:48
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 40%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies @ 40%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 50%
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