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What is Photovoice?

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Photovoice is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique. It entrusts cameras to the hands of people to enable them to act as recorders, and potential catalysts for social action and change, in their own communities. It uses the immediacy of the visual image and accompanying stories to furnish evidence and to promote an effective, participatory means of sharing expertise to create healthful public policy.1

The three goals of the photovoice method are:

Goal 1: To enable people to record and reflect their community's strengths and concerns

Goal 2: To promote critical dialogue and knowledge about personal and community issues through large and small group discussions of photographs

Goal 3: To reach policy makers2


The concept of photovoice was developed by Dr. Caroline Wang and Mary Ann Burris, PhD.


1. Wang C, Burris MA. Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment. Health Education & Behavior 1997; 24(3):369-387.

2.  Wang C, Burris M. Empowerment through photo novella: Potraits of participation. Health Educ Q 1994; 21(2):171-186.