What is Photovoice? Photovoice is a form of participatory action research. Photovoice participants are encouraged to take photographs based on prompts regarding a specific topic. Those images are then used as elicitation devices during focus groups or interviews with participants. The methodology is underpinned by critical consciousness education, feminism, and participatory documentary photography. The aims of the approach include: reaching policymakers with project findings, encouraging the development of critical consciousness, and making space for participants to document their lives on their own terms. Photovoice projects typically conclude with some kind of exhibition wherein the images and the narrations of those images are presented thematically.
Overview, Schedule, and Location. If you’re interested in learning about the photovoice methodology from the perspective of an academic researcher, this workshop is for you. The workshop is limited to 18 participants, which will foster an individualized experience. Moreover, facilitation will take place in both whole group and small group formats. Registration is first-come, first-served. Broken into four workshop blocks, the schedule at a glance is below. A full outline of the workshop will be presented to participants at check-in. The workshop will take place at Ball State University’s Forum Room (237), located on the second floor of the Student Center. You can access a full map of campus here. Check-in opens at 9 am on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in the Forum Room. Please arrive at the start of check-in to ensure an on-time start at 10 am.
Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, June 4, 2020
9 to 10 am: Check-in, Forum Room (237)
10 am to 12:30 pm: Workshop Block One
12:30 to 2 pm: Lunch Break
2 to 4 pm: Workshop Block Two
Friday, June 5, 2020
9 am to 12 pm: Workshop Block Three
12 to 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 to 4 pm: Workshop Block Four
Workshop Content and Scope. The workshop’s content is informed by the eight flexible steps that comprise the photovoice methodology. Through dynamic activities, short lectures, and large and small group work, participants will become acquainted with each of the steps, from theory to exhibition. Each participant should walk away with an understanding of these steps as well as a plan to carry out a specific photovoice project. This workshop is not meant to be comprehensive, but it should give the participants the tools they need to move forward with a photovoice project.
Facilitators. The workshop will be led by Dr. Amanda O. Latz. Dr. Latz is a photovoice methodologist who has published widely on the topic. She is the author of the first book solely focused on photovoice as a research methodology, which was written specifically for academic researchers.