PICS Festival 2012: Photographic Images Changing Society

In May 2012 Globalnet21 and PhotoVoice are  collaborating to present the PICS Festival, celebrating the role that photography can play in changing society for the better.

The one-day festival will take place in the Hub Westminster and will feature a photographic exhibition showcasing the output of a variety of projects by organisations and individuals that aim to bring about positive social change through photography, alongside a programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops (including Sensory Photography, Visual Literacy and captioning). The festival will feature examples of photojournalism, participatory photography, citizen journalism and sensory photography, among others.

For full details of workshops, talks and projects visit, but make sure you sign up as an attendee on this MeetUp page to ensure your name is on the door.

PICS Festival is a collaboration between PhotoVoice and debate platform GlobalNet21.

GlobaNet21 has developed over four years to bring new audiences of people into discussions about 21st Century issues using social networks to make the initial contact. In this it has been very successful and gets good audiences for physical meetings and webinars, and has recently explored the use of podcasts and e-learning tools.

However, many marginalised and vulnerable people and groups have not always been connected to these discussions and debates and innovative ways need to be developed to reach out to them in an inclusive “public square”. This is one way we hope to do it.

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  • Kristian J.

    You may watch the highlights of our panel debate via youtube now: What role does 'TRUTH' play in photography for SOCIAL CHANGE? Watch #PICSFest2012 Kenote Panel Debate highlights via:­ Thanks everyone!

    June 19, 2012

  • Jazz R.

    Just added short soundbite interviews of members experiences at the PICS festival.­

    June 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with every word Brian, thank you for saying something. I was devastated at the unkind words yesterday... Yes, let's encourage and inspire and work together, not criticise unkindly. I think there were some breath taking photos and everyone I met was really inspirational. So honoured to belong to this meetup group and so humbled at all the amazing changes taking place through this meetup group and all associated with them. x

    May 21, 2012

  • Brian

    Rory - I have a very different view from yours of the photos. I appreciated the wide range of sources of photos as well - from 'citizen' photography (what I guess you called 'amateur') to photos taken by blind people to photos taken by kids to photos taken to make a social message. Let's celebrate the diversity and the responses that they created. Let's encourage and build up rather than criticise.
    Good luck on your creative endeavours, Brian

    May 21, 2012

  • Matt D.

    Great flow of people, and everyone really receptive and engaged, not passive consumers of the talks and exhibition!

    May 21, 2012

  • julie

    Really interesting photo's taken by inexperienced photographers, nice mix of organisations represented

    May 20, 2012

  • Sylvia N.

    Hugely enjoyed the event, very interactive and friendly, and a fantastic opportunity to build community around 'photographic images changing society'. Very good networking opportunity. Thanks to the organisers!

    May 20, 2012

  • Norman D.

    I found the debate very good though it took a while to get going.

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A HUGE thank you to Globalnet21 and Photovoice! What a blooming marvellous event!! Totally fascinating, inspiring, creative and thought provoking, mind expanding, awesome event!! Everyone I spoke to was positive and inspirational, focusing on change rather than problems. Special thanks to Francis, Christina and Matt for organising. I REALLY enjoyed the "Introduction to Sensory Photography - Photography Without Sight (with PhotoVoice and blind photographer Gary Waite)" even though Gary, the main attraction had suddenly been whisked off to Devon on the day! But the 2 ladies holding it were amazing and it was great to get a feel of "blind photography"! I thought the range of photos from the totally amateur to the professional were fascinating and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the Panel Debate too, and it made me open up a lot more. So much appreciation to all who hosted and took part today. Moo ♥ •:*¨¨*:•.•:*¨¨*:•.•: ☆≈♡≈☆ •:*¨¨*:•.•:*¨¨*:•.•: ♥ ♥ ♥

    May 20, 2012

  • Cinzia D.

    A very interesting and engaging event. The festival was a valuable platform for sharing, discussing and moving forward the medium of photography in its role for social change.

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    An extremely interesting and thought-provoking event. Thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers!

    May 20, 2012

  • terence f.

    An interesting combination of displays, projections, discussions and workshops expressing particular views and interpreted in ways I might not have expected. I felt I had spent my time well and hope I was able to contribute.

    May 20, 2012

  • Paul M C.

    Many interesting photo projects to see. Many photos very moving.

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    fantastic turn out of people, great speakers and debates- overall a successful event!

    May 19, 2012

  • Francis S.

    I think this was a great event that involved people at all levels in expressing ideas about change through photography with discussion about many of the issues involved.It really was vibrant and full of the energy of ideas. Both Christina and Matt deserve a lot of thanks for this as it was through their hard work and inspiration that this happened. They really made a day to be remembered.

    May 19, 2012

  • Paul M C.

    This is another photo exhibition running now - showing plight of children and adults in places like India and Cambodia:­#

    May 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds utterly amazing :) SO glad I found this.

    March 8, 2012

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