Photographic agency and agency of photographs: Three-year-olds and digital cameras


Lena O Magnusson
University of Gävle, Sweden

This article contains some of the results from a recently completed small–scale qualitative research study with a focus on three-year-olds and digital cameras in preschool. The aim of the study was to give children access to the agency of being camera users. The study is based on two assumptions: that photographic documentation of young children’s learning and their development is an essential feature in Swedish preschools, and that it´s almost always the teachers who use the camera devices. The results show—with the help of a new materialistic theoretical framework (Barad, 2003, 2007, 2014; Lenz Taguchi, 2010)—that children, together with the cameras, illustrate changed power relations when it comes to who is looking at whom, and that they make visible new and changed photographic aspects of daily activities in preschool.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 43 Number 3 September 2018.

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