Photovoice is a process in which people – usually those with limited power due to poverty, language barriers, race, class, ethnicity, gender, culture, or other circumstances – use video and/or photo images capture aspects of their environment and experiences and share them with others. The pictures can then be used, usually with captions composed by the photographers, to bring the realities of the photographers’ lives home to the public and policy makers and to spur change.
5 key concepts for photovoice are defined in Photovoice: A Participatory Action Research Strategy Applied to Women’s Health, a 1999 article in the Journal of Women’s Health.
- Images teach.
- Pictures can influence policy.
- Community members ought to participate in creating and defining the images that shape healthful public policy.
- The process requires that from the outset planners bring policy makers and other influential people to the table to serve as an audience.
- Photovoice emphasizes individual and community action.
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