(Dis)Affect, Photography, Place


  • Patricia Prieto-Blanco Lancaster University




Migrants are connected for a variety of reasons (Leurs and Prabhakar 2018, p. 247), and in a myriad of ways (Cabalquinto 2018; Özdemir, Mutluer, and Özyürek 2019; Gencel Bek and Prieto-Blanco 2020). Drawing from a larger project of ethnographic nature (Prieto-Blanco 2016b), this paper argues that photographic practices advance socialization in transnational families, and that each practice activates certain relational affordances to support bonding and familial intimacy. This also serves to offer an alternative reading of phatic communication (Malinowski 1923) as an emotion‐based process. Finally, the paper proposes to understand (digital) photography as a medium of (inter)action and experience for transnational families.

Author Biography

Patricia Prieto-Blanco, Lancaster University

Prieto-Blanco, Patricia lectures in Digital Media Practice in the Sociology Department at Lancaster, United Kingdom. Her areas of expertise are visual methods of research and photographic practices. For her PhD, she worked with transnational families and looked at how they incorporate photography in everyday routines, addressing media practices in the contexts of migration, kinship and intimacy. She serves as Technology Advisor in the board of IVSA (International Visual Sociology Association), and is the Vice-Chair of ECREA Visual Cultures Section. She is an advocate of interdisciplinary, participatory, and practice-based research.


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How to Cite

Prieto-Blanco, P. (2022). (Dis)Affect, Photography, Place. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 13(2), 123–144. https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.TP.13.2.6