Vol. 8 No. 1 (2023): Collaboration

In recent decades, there has been a proliferation of collaborative and participatory visual practices employed across a wide range of academic and cultural fields, not least within the arts and humanities, social sciences, international development, and community studies. Such practices often, explicitly or implicitly, base their methodological (and theoretical) frameworks on a premise that makes a claim for the empowering and revealing authority of self- and co-representation. The processes of production and consumption (or creation and reception) of photographic images and other visual artifacts created through collaborative and participatory methods are perceived to have powerful agency and as such the focus of many of these projects is weighted towards the organization of the production process itself.