We commissioned research in the UK, Jordan, Bangladesh and Niger, to listen to and learn from those who contribute their images and stories, as well as members of their communities. The research explored:
what motivated people to agree to Save the Children filming or photographing them or their children
how people experienced and perceived the image-making process
how people felt about their portrayal in the resulting Save the Children communications.
The research highlighted many areas of good practice, as well as some concerns and challenges. It has resulted in a set of recommendations to embed greater agency and accountability for contributors into Save the Children’s image making.
We hope The People in the Pictures will extend the focus of discussions beyond images and audiences to include the process itself, and the perspectives of contributors and their communities.