Family meal photographs: 1930s and 1990s
As a final exercise, look at the photographs given in Figures 9 and 10, which depict family meals in the late 1930s and the 1990s. Using concepts about gender, class and national identity, combined with the approaches outlined in this course, note down what you think are the major differences between the two pictures.
Visual images such as photographs offer ‘evidential traces’ of what they represent.
Such images are neither ‘all true’ nor ‘all false’.
Images have to be used together and with other kinds of evidence in social science.