Photographic Practice
and Empowering the "Disadvantaged Children"

Temporary imperfect and conflicting development programs throughout the world has given rise to disenfranchised and marginalized people who form the border of the modern world. The only way out of this structure is trying to find some forms of participatory development, as the fundamental approach of the developmental programs, which, relying on public participation would be able to find ways to retrieve, refine, and reconstitute the city as the arena of people’s social presence. This way, by considering the aspects of the social capital, empowering the marginalized people would be a step toward the community-based sustainable development.

Photographic practice, paying attention to practicing and working based on experiences gained from photographic action, and linking with the fundamental properties of photography as a media, is a name for the practical form of an empowering model, which is planned for expanding experience through the photography action, through the children’s world of hope and imagination, and tries to, by empowering the disadvantaged children, raise human drive and provide the ability and ingenuity necessary for social reconstitution.

The main goal of this research is to intervene in the situation of the disadvantaged children and then evaluating this intervention. We try to answer this question: How photography, as a social strategy, can be useful for empowering the disadvantaged children and in which fields it would help these children to regain and reconstitute their social potencies.