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Media for Social Change

Founder of the award-winning charity ‘PhotoVoice,’ which trains marginalised and at risk groups in photographic and digital communication skills so that they can tell their stories and advocate for change.



Motivated by the power of media and story-telling to shed light on social injustice and imbalance, I co-founded PhotoVoice in 1999 and spent 10 years growing the organisation. PhotoVoice runs digital workshops to empower marginalised groups and individuals to tell their stories and advocate for change.

My journey into PhotoVoice started when I began a project teaching photography to street and working children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a student studying for my MSc in Social Anthropology and Development at Edinburgh University. I bought a handful of old Nikon FM2s and under the umbrella of a local organisation set about finding a groups of kids to work with.

Over a period of six months I met regularly with the young people and encouraged them to tell their story through their photographs. I was using photography as a tool to research their lives, from an ethnographic perspective but, quickly realised the children and their photographs could do so much more.