The article is focused on the usage of visual analysis within educational research. Starting from the wide context of 'pictorial turn' in contemporary society, culture and methodology the authors are summarizing a history of the visual research in the social sciences (in particular sociology and cultural anthropology). Subsequently the design of visual research is given, mainly on the basis of Konecki and Christmann conceptions. The last part of the text is devoted to a review of visual research on education as described in a literature, and to some remarks on visual analysis design in education. Moreover two instances of photo-analysis are presented.