Participatory video is a form of participatory media in which a group or community creates their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories.
Participatory video is therefore primarily about process, though high quality and accessible films (products) can be created using these methods if that is a desired outcome. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take their own action to solve their own problems, and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities.
PV can be a highly effective tool to engage and mobilise people around gender issues - exploring goals, and current situations and peoples' ideas for change. It is also a powerful medium for people to communicate ideas and information with each other.
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Since its invention, photography has been used as a tool for social activism. More recently, practitioners have sought alternatives to traditional documentary photography. This has led many photographers to work with participatory and collaborative methods where they develop a more involved relationship with their subject; sometimes working with them to create images, sometimes handing over the camera and supporting participants to create their own images. Some of these photographers work independently whilst others have established organisations to create sustainable structures for the projects they have initiated.
Participatory photography refers to projects where participants are supported to generate their own photographic work – a facilitator works with a group of people, often marginalised and/or disadvantaged, and teaches them to use a camera with the aim of supporting them to define, communicate and improve their situation. Once people have learned the techniques they are able to continue to document their situation.
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