WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Participatory photography is a social practice which combines visual storytelling with a collaborative group activity: Members of a social group or community take photos of their own living environments and everyday life. The photographs are discussed and analyzed by the group and participants decide about the form of presentation. Collaborative storytelling, knowledge-sharing and the co-creation of a photographic work are the key elements of participatory projects. Thus, the visual stories reflect multiple voices about social realities, places and identities.
Photography is a quick and easy way to document everyday life and individual experiences.
People of all ages are familiar with photography and enjoy photographic activities.
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 the technical and artistic basics of photography and how to tell stories with pictures.
Community Work: Members of a community, for example the residents of a city district or a marginalized social group, are experts for their own living environment and experiences. With participatory photography, people tell their own stories in their own voices in order to share knowledge or to raise awareness for the issues that matter to them.
Participatory Research: Based on well-established visual research methods like Photovoice, photography is a useful tool in participatory research settings where participants produce and interpret visual data collaboratively.
Participatory photography projects are very flexible regarding the topic and run-time. They often result in an exhibition or small publication to make the visual stories accessible to the public.
WHAT IS SOCIAL PHOTO CLUB?
The Social Photo Club is a project run by Studio Sandra Köstler. The Social Photo Club collaborates with organizations who wish to use participatory photography in a social, educational or research context. Together with the organization, Social Photo Club plans and organizes the process and accompanies the creative activities of the participating group.
For more information or collaborations, please contact Studio Sandra Köstler.