Tourist Photography in Peru: An Actor-Network Theory Approach to Images Posted Online

Karoline Guelke

Abstract



One of the most common practices tourists perform is taking photographs. In this exploratory study, I examined a sample of 146 pictures which tourists have taken in Peru’s Cusco region and posted online. Drawing on actor-network theory, I approach the destination not as a bounded place but rather as a dynamic network enacted through objects, people, and places. An analysis of the main motifs in the images suggests that tourist photography in Peru actively contributes to the construction of tourist identities and of social differences between visitors and local people.

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