Visualising the invisible: Children on the streets of Lima, Peru, realise the self through photographs

Country
Peru
Region
South America
Language
English
Year Published
2017
Author
Jamie Patrice Joanou
Organisation
No data
Topics
Gender and identity Research, data collection and evidence Social connections / Family
Summary

This article presents findings from a photographic project conducted with six adolescent boys living and working on the streets of Lima, Peru. In this article, I examine how photographs provided the boys with a means by which to express themselves and served to humanise these participants who exist at the most extreme margins of society. Drawing parallels between the participants’ use of photographs and the roles that photographs play for families, I examine how the ability to record and document their childhood provided the boys in this study the opportunity for critical engagement in the creation of their own histories.

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