PhotoVoice and theprintspace are teaming up to raise money for socially excluded groups and to give them the opportunity to represent themselves through photography.
After noticing charity PhotoVoice adding lots of items to our Marketplace we got in contact to discover more about this wonderful organisation. PhotoVoice are currently selling around 100 film cameras on The Marketplace, with profits going directly to the charity.
“The items are interesting for everyone who is into film photography”, says Clare Struthers, projects support and office manager of PhotoVoice. “The money we make from the sales goes straight into our projects.”
Currently the charity runs more than 50 projects in 23 countries. Over the years, PhotoVoice has worked with countless photographers, practitioners, local communites, NGOs and partner organisation around the world to develop its skills and understanding of participatory photography as a tool to achieve positive social change.
“Our projects enable those who are traditionally the subjects of photographs to become their creators”, explains Struthers. “Through photography, participants find the confidence to speak out about their challenges, concerns, hopes and fears.”
PhotoVoice’s approach unites the arts, media, development and social change agendas to work with hard-to-reach groups. The projects of the charity give these groups a voice, provide them with a platform for advocacy and work towards a sustainable change. The organisation works in the UK and overseas.
Giving young people a voice
Their project Lookout UK amplifies the voices of young people in the public, political and media arenas through photographs, music and text.
“Lookout UK encourages and supports young people across the UK to speak out about issues that affect them and other young members in their community”, she explains. “Issues such as gangs, knife crime, youth opportunities and peer pressure are often discussed in political circles and the media, over the heads of those most affected, and those who hold the key to improving the situation – young people themselves.”
In another UK project PhotoVoice have partnered with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to run photography and digital storytelling workshops with young people who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
Creating own digital stories
“Through these workshop participants are able to represent their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories”, says Struthers.
The programme Shutter Release has been established a partnership with HM Prison Leeds to work with prisoners using participatory photography as a tool of communication and self-exploration, in order to engage them in positive planning and discussion around their release and successful rehabilitation into society.
PhotoVoice is also working internationally. Last they ran in partnership with World Vision Albania a two-week photography course with two groups of disabled young people in an in disadvantaged communities in Albania, enabling and supporting them to use photography as a way of exploring their experiences and aspirations and speaking out about barriers they face to inclusion.
“Our vision is for a world in which no one is denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard”, says Struthers.
If you want to find out more about this great charity, please visit their website.
Here’s some of our favourite items listed by PhotoVoice: