Photolanguage: How a picture can inspire a thousand words

Ann G. Bessell, William B. Deese, Adriana L. Medina

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Program evaluators need methods that can be used in a variety of situations to help gather data. Photolanguage is one such technique that uses black-and-white photographs to elicit responses from individuals. It is particularly useful in situations where the respondents may give restricted or only minimal data. This article provides 1the step-by-step process for implementation of Photolanguage, explores the possibility of uses for Photolanguage as a tool for small-group evaluation, and supplies data showing its benefits as a method of evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-569
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Evaluation
  • Photolanguage
  • Photovoice
  • Qualitative inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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