Photovoice is an innovative method of engaging a community in a participatory research project by entrusting cameras to the hands of people and inviting them to identify, represent and enhance their community through a shared photographic process. Our inspiration for our WebKids and RecoveryWeb projects are rooted in the principles of Photovoice.
(Wang and Burris, 1994; 1997)
The Goals of Photovoice are Threefold:
- To enable participants to reflect on their community's strengths and concerns.
- To provide a visually compelling venue for promoting awareness and critical dialogue about important community issues.
- To reach policy makers through the often visceral images of photography by way of exhibit and publication.
PhotoVoice and Website Development
The visual nature of photovoice lends itself to website applications. With digital photography it is easy to take, edit, and upload photos to a website. Students can then easily arrange photos around various themes and write about the underlying ideas that emerge. The resulting web content is immediately available. Utilizing photovoice philosophy, principles, and process, along with simple website development technology, results in a dynamic venue for presenting projects to larger audiences - That's WebKids!