Photovoice is a unique type of participatory action research that uses photography to capture the conditions in a community. It provides a diverse set of data that stem from each person’s point of view and photography techniques. This section contains lessons that explain this data collection method and how it can lead to grassroots change.

Methods to Present Photos

Objectives

  • To practice different methods of making meaning from photos
  • To determine which methods will be best for future advocacy or presentations

Stories and Tactics Behind Pictures

Objectives

  • To practice “reading” pictures
  • To understand photography tactics

Ethics and Photography

Objectives

  • To understand different ethical situations in taking pictures of people
  • To develop a standard procedure and form for getting consent

Practicing Photography

Objectives

  • To practice taking photos
  • To creatively depict different attributes of a place

Point of View in Photography

Objectives

  • To practice interpreting stories from pictures
  • To practice telling stories with pictures
  • To learn the SHOWeD framework

Creating a Storyline with Pictures

Objectives

  • To learn how pictures can tell stories
  • To practice telling a story with pictures

Writing Your Story

Objectives

  • To practice writing about a picture story
  • To see how words and pictures are interconnected in storytelling

Identifying & Photographing Issues Using SHOWeD Process

Objectives

  • To use SHOWeD process for issue pictures
  • To work toward making an issue map

Identifying & Photographing Assets Using SHOWeD Process

Objectives

  • To use SHOWeD process for asset pictures
  • To work toward making an asset map

Issue Mapping Through Photovoice

Objectives

  • To use SHOWeD framework to dig into concerns/problems
  • To create an Issue Map from pictures
  • To analyze an Issue Map from pictures
  • To name root causes of issues

Asset Mapping Through Photovoice

Objectives

  • To use SHOWeD process for assets
  • To create an Asset Map from the picture
  • To analyze an Asset Map from the pictures
  • To name root causes of assets

Methods to Present Photos

Objectives

  • To practice different methods of making meaning from photos
  • To determine which methods will be best for future advocacy or presentations