People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show atypical attention to social stimuli  and gaze at faces  and complex images  in unusual ways. But all studies to date are limited by the experimenter's selected stimuli, which are generally photographs taken by people without autism. What might participants with ASD show us if they were the ones taking the photos? We gave participants a digital camera and analysed the photos they took: images taken by participants with ASD had unusual features and showed strikingly different ways of photographing other people.
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We thank Catherine Holcomb, Tim Armstrong, Remya Nair and Sai Sun for help with running the experiment and providing ratings, Daniel Kennedy and Christina Corsello for judging and rating the photos, and Daniel Kennedy also for comments on the manuscript. This research was supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from the Autism Science Foundation (S.W.), and a grant from the Simons Foundation (SFARI Award 346839, R.A.). The authors declare no conflict of interest.