when people take pictures to share parts of their life and community to raise awareness, tell a story, or educate others with authenticity through photography.
Participants include community members of all ages and status including those who are discriminated against due to language, gender, race, class, disability, etc. Through their art, they bring new insights and perspectives which raise awareness of hidden or overlooked issues and aspects of the community.
Photovoice has the following three objectives:
Give people the tools and encourage them to record and document their community and personal lives
Promote dialogue around community issues and strengths through group discussions of photographs
Reach policymakers through photography
Photovoice was developed by Caroline C. Wang and Mary Ann Burris in 1992.