Photography as a tool for social change? How?

PhotoVoice is an organisation that encourages “the use of documentary photography by enabling those that have traditionally been the subject of such work to become its creator – to have control over how they are perceived by the rest of the world, while simultaneously learning a new skill which can enhance their lives.” (PhotoVoice’s website)

Take a look at the PhotoVoice film and galleries.

How does PhotoVoice projects bring positive social change ?????

Promoting SELF-DEVELOPMENT through:

  • “Providing a unique means for expression and creativity;
  • Enabling vulnerable groups to work through difficulties or trauma that they may have experienced, in a safe and secure workshop environment;
  • Encouraging participants to gain confidence in their capabilities and their role in civil society.”

– Promoting ADVOCACY through:

  • “Enabling those who are traditionally the subjects of photography to become its creator;
  • Giving a voice to those who are too often ignored or silenced;
  • Enabling participants to become advocates for change;
  • Enabling participants to inform and affect policy on local and international levels.”

– Promoting A BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING for PhotoVoice participants through:

  • “Providing training in vocational photography and media skills;
  • Supporting particularly talented individuals in pursuing further studies in photography;
  • Setting up apprenticeship schemes and work placements in conjunction with other media and training bodies in the project countries;
  • Selling and marketing images produced by PhotoVoice participants on their behalf.”

PhotoVoice’s projects have been running “since 1999 […] working in over 12 different countries with over 1000 beneficiaries, pioneering the use of photography with refugee groups, street children, orphans, the homeless, HIV/ AIDS sufferers and special need groups. Countries that PhotoVoice has worked in include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.”

PhotoVoice changing communities:

PhotoVoice: childrem in Toronto capturing their environment:

PhotoVoice in Kenya:

PhotoVoice in the lives of participants with spinal cord injury:

Other videos:

PhotoVoice process

PhotoVoice at the Youth Action Institute

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