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SOCIAL PHOTO CLUB

The Social Photo Club creates participatory photography projects.

WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY?

Participatory photography combines visual storytelling with a collaborative group activity: members of a social group or community take photos of their own living environments. Afterwards, the photographs are discussed and analyzed by the group to tell stories about their everyday life and to describe social realities or places. The photographs can also be used as a tool to raise awareness and to initiate social change.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY?

  • photography is a quick and easy way to document everyday life and individual experiences
  • many people are familiar with photography and already use camera phones
  • photography conquers language barriers

WHERE TO USE PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY?

  • Cultural and Arts Education: Photography is a creative way of expression. In participatory photo projects, participants learn how to use photographs to tell a story collaboratively.
  • Spatial and Urban Planning: Members of a community, for example the residents of a city district, are experts for their own living environment and experiences. Participatory photography helps to involve the knowledge, needs and requests of stakeholder groups in planning processes.
  • Social Work and Community Work: Marginalized or disadvantaged social groups, who are usually the subjects of documentary photography, tell their own stories in their own voices to raise awareness for the issues that matter to them.

Participatory photography projects are very flexible regarding the topic and run-time. The projects often result in exhibitions or small publications in order to make the visual stories accessible to the public.

WHAT IS SOCIAL PHOTO CLUB DOING?

In close collaboration with institutions such as museums, socio-cultural facilities or city councils, the Social Photo Club plans and organizes participatory photography projects and accompanies the creative activities of the participating group.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities of Social Photo Club are currently limited to digital projects. Stay safe and healthy!