“We can’t read or write but these photographs can speak for us.”
~A Tibetan Villager in
China’s Yunnan Province
“Photovoices is a way to get community participation in conservation and for people to have a voice through their photographs and stories to help conservation planners do a better job.
~Lida Pet, PhD Marine Biologist
Photovoices photographers live in some of the most remote regions of the world, sometimes speak only their local language and rarely, if ever, have had the opportunity to tell their own story.
What do they have to teach us? A lot.
Photovoices International is an innovative international program that provides cameras and photography training for people to document important issues in their lives like the state of the natural environment, what they value about traditional culture and to record community strengths and challenges.
The Photovoices process--part documentary, part art, part storytelling--provides a way to hear villagers' unfiltered opinions and to learn from their expertise.
By using simple cameras, photographs and stories, people gain a visual voice at the table and a process to communicate indigenous knowledge and concerns from the grassroots to international organizations, government officials and other making plans for the future.
Perhaps most important, the pictures and stories provide people a way to reflect on their own lives and to talk together about what they want to protect and what they want to make better. Click here to find out how the Photovoices process works.
~Ann McBride Norton, Director
All photographs on this website were taken by Photovoices photographers.