Jay Mistry

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom

Participatory Video & Photo


May 30, 2012

Participatory Video (PV) is a process involving a group or community in shaping and creating their own films according to their own sense of what is important, and how they want to be represented. It can help to bring together different people’s views and ideas on particular issues and help communicate them in an easy and clear way.

Participatory Photography (PP) is a process which allows people to express themselves and “tell their stories” through pictures and words. There are several participatory photography approaches. One of them is the photostory which is based on the principle of asking participants of a project/ activity to take pictures (on a particular subject, theme, event or in order to answer a specific question) and to use these pictures, combining them with words, to express their own ideas on the subject investigated.

Today, we are pleased to share with you this fifth COBRA briefing! The ‘Briefings’ Series are short, reader-friendly documents around topics to do with concepts and techniques we are using within the COBRA Project



QUICK DOWNLOAD: Check out the English version of the COBRA Handbook for Practitioners.