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Martin Saxer

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.

Privacy Policy

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.


  • We do not use cookies.
  • We do not use third party analytics.
  • There is no contact form that would allow you to enter personal data.
  • We do not use advertising to run this website.

In order to serve this website, your IP address and information about your browser, operating system and screen resolution need to be collected and processed. theotherimage.com is a simple, handcrafted, static website hosted by Netlify. It uses fonts by Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit). Both Netlify and Adobe automatically collect usage data, either generated by the use of this website or from the service infrastructure itself. This data is used for accounting and analytic purposes as well as for technical maintenance by these two companies. Neither Netlify nor Adobe use cookies to track you. Specifics can be found in their respective privacy policies.

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If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please write to: Martin Saxer, LMU Munich, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstr. 67, 80538 Munich, Germany.

This privacy policy has been updated on 30 December 2018.