My name is Martin Saxer and I am an anthropologist, filmmaker and photographer currently based at LMU Munich, where I lead the ERC Starting Grant project Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World.
This website is my attempt to bring my visual and my academic work together on a practical, daily basis. It is not a portfolio to showcase polished images. Making visual and academic work integral to each other is an ongoing experiment. This blog provides glimpses into this experiment for fellow travellers between arts and scholarship.
Since I started this blog in 2012, many of these glimpses provided the basis for my academic writing. I believe that both photography and ethnography have the power to convey stories of people and places – stories that are often stubbornly particular yet entangled with the wider world. Together, they can seed impressions that challenge general assumptions and let the world appear in a different light. At their best, they help us see the other image.
Plain and simple: I take the principle of minimal data collection serious and try hard not to collect or process any personal data beyond the basics required to serve and maintain the website.