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Participatory photography in qualitative research: a methodological review

Byrne, Eleanor, Daykin, Norma and Coad, Jane 2016. Participatory photography in qualitative research: a methodological review. Visual Methodologies 4 (2) , pp. 1-12. 10.7331/vm.v4i2.66

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This paper reviews the use of participatory photography in qualitative research, drawing on papers published between 1995 and 2011. The review sought to provide an overview of photographic methods used in research. Studies using Photovoice methodology were not included. The search identified 53 reports of empirical studies in which participants were asked to take photographs as part of a research process. The review drew on systematic review methodology but its objective was not to synthesise evidence, rather to generate a narrative critique of the use of photographic methods. Whilst the benefits of using participatory photography were clearly articulated in the literature, there was a lack of detailed reporting of how the methods were used and relatively little critical discussion of the limitations of photographic methods. Hence researchers may expending significant efforts to engage with visual methods through photography, but they may not be using photographic data to its best potential.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: participatory photography; photo-elicitation; visual data; methods; review; photographs; visual methods
Publisher: Educational Travel Foundation
ISSN: 2040-5456
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 February 2016
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 09:14

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