Drawing on debates in the complementary fields of participatory, youth and visual research methods, the paper discusses an experimental photography project carried out as part of a broader study with young people in Mexico City on spatial experience, belonging and exclusion. The paper describes the mechanics of the project, considers the kind of data it produced, and discusses the different outcomes for participants and researcher, including its difficulties and limitations. It finds that the creative, collaborative approach used has potential for opening the research process to embrace creative, reflexive, complicated “selves,” but warns that this outcome is not automatic: collaboration between visual researchers and social art therapy practitioners would be one important step in realizing the full potential of creative photography in research.
Photography, Creative Methodology, Collaborative Research, Visual Methods, Youth
I am indebted to the young people who took part in this research, and to the staff of CEJUV. I am grateful to the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) for funding the research on which this paper is based (grant number 117823). Thanks also to the reviewers for their useful comments.
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Winton, A. (2016). Using Photography as a Creative, Collaborative Research Tool. The Qualitative Report, 21(2), 428-449. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2016.2240
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