Photovoice as community-based participatory research: a qualitative review

Am J Health Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec;33(6):686-98. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.33.6.6.


Objective: To explore the use of photovoice as a research methodology to identify and explore community health and disability priorities.

Methods: Published studies (n = 31) that applied photovoice as a research methodology to promote and enhance individual and community change were identified and reviewed.

Results: Findings are explored and organized by community concerns and priorities; participant recruitment, training, and camera instruction; identification of photo assignment; photo assignment discussion; data analysis; outcomes; and evaluation of program and policy changes.

Conclusions: Despite the limitations of the studies and/or how they are reported, findings from this review support further application of photovoice to facilitate community change.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Networks
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Priorities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Photography*
  • Research Design*
  • United States