Photovoice is a community-based qualitative data collection method that puts cameras in the hands of community members whose voices are not often heard and whose living environments are unfamiliar. Participants are invited to use photography to capture physical and metaphorical barriers and assets in their daily lives. Often, the essence of a community and its members can be captured through photographs more easily than through words. Photographs can be shared in slideshow format at community events and other venues to reinforce other findings and to provide a visual to what is commonly invisible.
Photovoice has been very successful when working with close-knit, isolated, underserved, and oppressed communities and when language barriers exist. Individuals residing in any of these aforementioned communities traditionally do not engage in making or changing policy. More information on Photovoice can be found in the Evaluation Module, as it is also a useful qualitative evaluation tool.
The Nova Scotia Food Security Network developed a guide that outlines the logistics of implementing a Photovoice project.
Resources to Learn More
Photovoice in your Community
A web-based guide describing how Photovoice may be used to demonstrate community need.
Author(s): Rabinowitz, P.
Organization(s): Community Toolbox, University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development
Overview of Photovoice, including benefits, example projects, and online tutorials, lectures, and workshops.
Author(s): Lorenz, L.
Organization(s): Photovoice Worldwide