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Project information


Putting cameras in the hands of disadvantaged and marginalised peoples and groups here in the UK and overseas, and allowing to tell their story from their own point of view. The images and texts are used in exhibitions, leaflets and practitioners' manuals to help change minds and attitudes.

January 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: PhotoVoice

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  • Need


    The fact that many disadvantaged people are portrayed in the media in a hackneyed and cliched way. This perpetuates myth and prejudice and, in the long run, makes it more difficult for such people to improve their lives.

    Also, some of our projects have a therapeutic benefit for participants.


    Our projects cannot SOLVE the problem but they can contribute towards a change in public attitudes and help to connect the marginalised with the majority.

    We do this primarily through exhibiting participants' work traditionally or through new media and creating tools for partner organisations to campaign on behalf of their own beneficiaries.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To impart photographic and digital media skills to our beneficiaries


    » By running participatory photography workshops supplemented by workshops in new media and other forms of expression, eg: poetry

    What success will look like

    Success will be... small numbers trained admittedly (often disadvantaged groups need 1:1 attention) but a big multiplier in the effect their images can have on public and policy

    Aim 2

    To provide resources and materials which allow beneficiaries a voice and representation


    » Through exhibitions in high footfall areas (ie shopping centres and libraries) and producing info/images/text for partners to campaign for change

    What success will look like

    Success will be... instances of that voice being heard by public and policy-makers, and through press coverage and exhibition footfall

  • Impact


    That marginalised and disadvantaged people can continue to represent themselves long after our projects have finished. For example, a blind beneficiary received photographic training; subsequently, he applied for and got a small bursary; he was then engaged by a major phone company to front a TV ad; a group in Nepal see the ad and request PhotoVoice to come and train some of their blind beneficiaries


    High primary beneficiary project costs. We address this by persuading donors of the benefit and reach to secondary beneficiaries


    Usually six-monthly but can be more often - with narrative and financial reports

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 photo workshops over 100 days in the UK or overseas
      £10,000 exhibiting 2 high profile exhibitions
      £5,000 resources eg: a practioners' manual
      £5,000 support costs eg: office admin, rent heat, light

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Annonymous £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We work in the UK and overseas. We are currently running projects in London (giving youngsters in supported housing the chance to explore the issues of gang culture and knife crime); across the UK, so that sexually-exploited young people can input into how they are cared for, and in Albania where disadvantaged youngsters are producing images that explore social deprivation in their community. Future work is planned in the UK around gangs and in Israel with formerly enslaved women.


    Project beneficiaries (small numbers); secondary beneficiaries in that same disadvantaged/marginalised group; individual members of the public (enriched through seeing participants' work); the wider public through improved conditions and rights for their disadvantaged and marginalised peers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PhotoVoice is the only charity in the UK wholly devoted to improving people's lived through participatory photography. The acknowledged leader in its field, it is increasingly being consulted by other charities and local authorities to add a new dimension to their own activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matt Daw

    Project Manager. Matt joined PhotoVoice in 2006. He has designed and managed numerous PhotoVoice projects and exhibitions in the UK and overseas.

    Nic Pursey

    Donor relations. With over 15 years' experience in the trust sector, he's the donor's eyes and ears within the organisation.


for a day's workshop with 10 participants