Participatory Photography in Qualitative Research: A Methodological Review

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Ellie Byrne
Norma Daykin
Jane Coad


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.

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Byrne, E., Daykin, N., & Coad, J. (2016). Participatory Photography in Qualitative Research: A Methodological Review. Visual Methodologies, 4(2), 1-12.
Author Biographies

Ellie Byrne, Cardiff University

Social Sciences, Research Associate

Norma Daykin, University of the West of England, Bristol

Health and Social Sciences, Professor in Arts and Health

Jane Coad, Coventry University

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Professor in Children and Family Nursing

Director of Centre for Children and Families Applied Research (CCFAR)