Sociology & The Camera

Bonnie A.
21 min readAug 28, 2022
Photograph by Bonnie Alderfer

“It is often noted that sociology and photography were born during the same decades in Europe, and, as products of the same social events, one would expect cross-fertilization between what was, in fact, a new way of seeing (photography) and a new lens of interpretation (sociology).” (Harper 1998:55)


The camera and early sociological works were conceived around the same time in order…

Bonnie A.

If we don’t tell our stories, who will? Mama, sociologist, behaviorist, photographer, francophile. Co-founder of Polaroids @instantdreamlight