Paula Reavey’s (2021) text, A Handbook of Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research, is comprehensive and reader-friendly. Reavey and Johnson’s (2017) book chapter on using and interpreting images in qualitative research, which appears in The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, provides a good overview of how to use visual methods and identifies some considerations when adapting visual methods to work with other qualitative approaches. Gillian Rose’s (2016) Visual Methodologies offers a broad social science overview of how to use images and it considers more closely the social and cultural interpretation of images.
Various articles that are cited in Chapter 6 provide different perspectives on and possibilities for the use of visual data. For example, Radley and Taylor’s (2003) photo production study examined how medical and surgical patients experienced recovery in a general hospital. Haaken and O’Neill (2014) worked with women migrants and asylum seekers to produce a collective account of asylum as a daily process, using photography and videography. In their article, they use psychoanalytic ideas to understand the dilemmas that can be involved in using visual imagery. Boden and Eatough’s (2014) article presents their phenomenological method for analysing multi-modal data. In an article analysing photographs, journals and interviews produced by and with young people with disabilities, McLaughlin and Coleman-Fountain (2019) demonstrate the capacity of visual methods to highlight the social influences on how people represent themselves.
- Boden, Z. and Eatough, V. (2014) ‘Understanding more fully: A multimodal hermeneutic-phenomenological approach’, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 11(2): 160–77.
- Haaken, J.K. and O’Neill, O. (2014) ‘Moving images: Psychoanalytically informed visual methods in documenting the lives of women migrants and asylum seekers’, Journal of Health Psychology, 19(1): 79–89.
- McLaughlin, J. and Coleman-Fountain, E. (2019) ‘Visual methods and voice in disabled childhoods research: Troubling narrative authenticity’, Qualitative Research, 19(4): 363–81.
- Radley, A. and Taylor, D. (2003) ‘Images of recovery: A photo-elicitation study on the hospital ward’, Qualitative Health Research, 13(1): 77–99.
- Reavey, P. (ed.) (2021) A Handbook of Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research. 2nd edn. London: Routledge.
- Reavey, P. and Johnson, K. (2017) ‘Visual approaches: Using and interpreting images’, in W. Stainton Rogers and C. Willig (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. 2nd edn. London: SAGE. pp. 354–73.
- Rose, G. (2016) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. 4th edn. London: SAGE.