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Section 20. Implementing Photovoice in Your Community

Example #1: Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project

In September of 2008, the Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project gave digital cameras to 40 women from five different communities in Southern West Virginia and asked them to take pictures to “tell the story” of their communities, including the strengths and assets of their communities, the unique character of life in the region, and the problems and issues of concern in their areas. The communities that participated are: Big Coal River Area of Boone County, Pond Fork Area of Boone County, Lenore Area of Mingo County, Harts Area of Lincoln County, Upper Kanawha Valley of Kanawha County. The purpose of this project was to increase civic engagement in rural coalfield communities and give voice to residents’ concerns and ideas for change.

 

Example #2: Photovoice - Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives Photovoice project encouraged community residents to document the barriers to healthy eating and active living in their own communities. By creating a visual record of the environmental conditions in their neighborhoods, residents can identify opportunities for community change, help set priorities, and act as advocates for change with city officials, policy makers, and legislators. The project was implemented in at least 18 communities across six states Photovoice is being implemented in at least nine Kaiser Permanente communities to lift up residents' voices and create change.

 

Example #3: The Photovoice Process

This video details the process used by the Photovoice Hamilton Youth Project in Hamilton, Ontario. The video examines the thoughts and reflections of students who participated and those who helped facilitate the project.

 

Example #4: Young Care-giving in Western Kenya - A Photovoice Project by WVP Kenya

WVP Kenya is a small non-profit organization operating in Nyanza and Western Provinces of Kenya. For this project, 48 children between the ages 11-17, who were caring for their sick parents or elderly guardians, were equipped with disposable cameras to capture and reflect upon their circumstances. This video shares their photos and reflections about them in their own words.

 

Example #5: Use of Photovoice by the Roma Community in Seville, Spain

In this interview with Daniela Miranda, doctoral student at the Universidad de Sevilla, we learn about the use of Photovoice among a disenfranchised, marginalized group of Roma neighbors in Seville, Spain. The Roma community comprises the largest ethnic minority in Spain and Europe. The Roma community experiences disproportionate social marginalization and discrimination manifested in high unemployment rates and poor health outcomes. The Roma neighbors used photos as a tool for action to help them communicate poor living conditions.

 

Example #6: Use of Photovoice by Ch'orti' Maya Women in Guatemala

A group of Ch'orti' Maya women in Guatemala used digital cameras to document health and environmental problems in their hamlets, and as a result, Engineers Without Borders is working on a water purifications solution for the community. Associate professor at the University of Kansas, Brent Metz, and former environmental engineering graduate student, Jody Gentry worked together to train Ch’orti’ women on using digital cameras and document conditions in their homes and neighborhoods. An article recently published in the journal Human Organization details their work in distributing the cameras to the Ch'orti' women and the conditions the women documented with the photos.