Looking through the lens of urban teenagers: Reflections on participatory photography in an alternative high school

  • Jill Chonody University of South Australia
  • Travis Martin
  • Jill Amitrani Welsh


Earlier in this decade, two graduate students and one faculty member in social work facilitated a participatory photography project at an alternative high school.  Our project sought to garner the unique viewpoint of urban youth on assets and issues in the community.  We met with a group of adolescents twice a week over the course of 10 weeks to go on community photoshoots and conduct photodiscussions.  This article aims to provide a critical reflection of our experience with this project.  We have incorporated some additional information about the implementation of our project alongside our reflection.  The relevance of our social work training and its influence on our perspectives are discussed.
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