University of Georgia
PPIINamantenga Province Burkina Faso; World Neighbors Burkina Faso
Carla Roncoli; Glen T. Cameron
This project draws inspiration from experimental work by visual anthropologists and development media specialists that directly involves minorities and marginal
populations in producing images of themselves and their own social and physical landscapes. Placing cameras in the control of indigenous people, for them to render their own representations rather than to serve as photographic subjects, contributes to demystifying a typically foreign technology, while challenging the power it embodies when encountered as the prerogative of privileged outsiders. The quality of permanence that visual media endows also contributes to validating indigenous viewpoints, counteracting the tendency of conventional research and travel photography to undermine them.
1. To determine the technical feasibility and sociocultural appropriateness of photography as a research and communication tool among Burkina Faso farmers. 2. To identify priority concerns and visual indicators relative to environmental sustainability to guide implementation and assess progress of research projects. 3. To explore possible applications of farmer produced visual media for environmental education within and across SANREM CRSP sites and the U.S. 4. To pursue support of and opportunities to expand SANREM CRSP activities centering around indigenous production of visual media to promote sustainability