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Photography & Social Change

May 31st, 2011

In this Podcast Matt Daw gives a presentation on how photography can be used as an agent for social change and how it can empower vulnerable and marginalised people and groups by giving them a voice. Matt also tells us about the International Charity PhotoVoice and ther work they do.

Matt Daw is Projects Manager at the international charity PhotoVoice (, an organisation that works in partnership with NGOs all around the world designing and delivering participatory photography projects with marginalised and vulnerable groups. These projects provide communities who are often denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard with the skills and opportunity to participate directly in campaigning for positive social change. People who are often the subject of photojournalism take control over how they and their community are represented, and become active agents in tackling the issues that affect them.

Matt has been with PhotoVoice for over 5 years, and is also the chair of HVP UK, a UK charity that supports the Hindu Vidyapeeth social movement in Nepal.

In early 2012 GlobalNet21 would like to organize an open to all photography exhibition around images and the social impact that they can create. This will be a meeting based around an Exhibition that will not only look at some of the worlds most powerful photo's, but also encourage photographers of all ages/abilities both within our network and beyond to contribute their work, and look at the impact of images in changing the way we think about the world.

We hope to organise this exhibition for early 2012 and would like to involve as many members that are interested in this area as possible.


  • Michael Young

    Hello Matt, I wonder if you’d be kind enough to mail me the http address for the Photography & Social Change wiki page. I was there yesterday (Jan 9 2012) but forgot to bookmark it so that I could find my way back. Many thanks, Mike Young.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 8:13 am