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What is Photovoice?

Photovoice is a participatory research and critical thinking method that allows patients, clients and community members to share their experiences and collaborate for change. Using photographs can illuminate barriers to access, illustrate quality of care or influence policy and resource decision making in respectful and supportive ways. It can help unite service providers and patients through visual accounts to understand and to address health care issues as a shared endeavor. It is an innovative technique of interest to community members, graduate students, policy makers, professionals, and more.




Photovoice was developed by developed by Caroline C. Wang of the University of Michigan, and Mary Ann Burris, research associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. In 1992, Wang and Burris created what is now known as "Photovoice" as a way to enable rural women of Yunnan Province, China, to influence the policies and programs that affected them. It has since been used among homeless adults in Ann Arbor, Michigan and among community health workers and teachers in rural South Africa and by Dr. Claudia Mitchell et al., and with brain injury survivors with Dr. Laura S. Lorenz. of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

The concept owes a debt to the Paulo Freire's pedagogy related to critical consciousness, feminist theory and empowerment.

Perhaps the best of description of the history of Photovoice is to start here: Photovoice - From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia.

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Many people are now including Photovoice in a vast number of fields and practices.

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