This school of photography turns traditional practice on its head. Those whose normal role is limited to their function as objects of photography, at least in terms of portrayal by mass media, receive tools and training to document their own lives and the ability to share the result with a large audience. The movement originated in American efforts three decades ago to aid rural Chinese women, who had never used a camera, but now encompasses all efforts to take charge of one's own narrative using photography. Milestones include the New York City exhibit Unbroken, curated by George Carrano. George and Jonathan Fisher also produced collateral for the pioneering organization devoted to this school of photography. Meanwhile, photography teacher Chelsea Davis ran a participatory photography workshop in St. Louis Children's Hospital in 2007 as part of an art enrichment program. And then, of course, Project Lives became a landmark in the field, one of the largest applications anywhere.
Child Photographers Show Lives of Hardship and Hope
The New York Times, July 10, 2004
Judging from an unusual visual diary on display in a Manhattan art gallery, the globalization of childhood has a long way to go.
Working with Positive Negatives
PhotoVoice brochure, 2007
CONTEXT. Today, more than at any time in history, images bombard and envelop us.