Over the past decades, ‘photovoice’ has emerged as a participatory and creative research method in which participants capture and discuss their reality through photographs.
This indispensable ‘how-to’ book with exercises and visual aids takes novice and veteran researchers through the practicalities and ethics of applying this approach. Written by experienced teacher Nicole Brown, the book:
- outlines the conceptual foundations and historical development of the approach;
- redefines photovoice as a research method and as a framework;
- explores how photovoice can be used in all stages of research from data collection to dissemination;
- provides guidance and food for thought to get researchers started on their project.
Each chapter ends with exercises that focus readers' learning and understanding by practically engaging them in the work presented throughout. The examples and visual aids will help them recognise all the details presented and represented in a photograph.
For researchers who would like to try their hand at photovoice as a method or as a framework to foster a more participatory approach, this is the ultimate guide to kickstart their project.
Nicole Brown is a writer and social researcher working on the cusp of research/practice/teaching. She is Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd and Associate Professor at University College London. Nicole’s creative and research work relate to physical and material representations of experiences, the generation of knowledge, the use of metaphors, and more generally, research methods and approaches to explore identity and body work.
Drawing on her longstanding experience in learning and teaching at primary, secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, she regularly delivers research methods training sessions. Her publications include books and book chapters, articles in academic journals, as well as creative nonfiction and poetry.
1. Introducing Photovoice
2. Designing Photovoice Research
3. Photovoice in and as Data Collection
4. Photovoice in and as Analysis
5. Photovoice and Dissemination
6. Photovoice Now and in the Future