The Power of Participatory Photography in ICTD Programs: Freedom to Explore beyond Images

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2017-01-04
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Gomez, Laura
Gomez, Ricardo
Vannini, Sara
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We discuss the contribution of participatory photography as a method to elicit lived experiences from the perspectives of participants, a valuable tool in ICTD research. Building on a participatory photography research project with Latino migrants in Seattle, Washington (USA) and at the US-Mexico border, we analyze the differences between descriptive accounts and interpretations of photographs offered by participants. By opening new possibilities for self-expression, participatory photography offers a powerful tool that allows participants to add not just description but also context, representations, meanings, feelings and memories, among other interpretations. Different effects of the participants’ photographs are also analyzed, to encourage further exploration of participatory photography in ICTD research.
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Migration, Participatory Photography, Latino, Hispanic
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