Portraits of Change by Farmers in Southern Guinea-Bissau | Roque De Pinho | Visual Ethnography
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Portraits of Change by Farmers in Southern Guinea-Bissau

Joana Roque De Pinho


This photo essay, whose images and captions were created by farmers living in Cantanhez National Park, Guinea-Bissau, illustrates and analyzes the diverse ways in which these West African photographers and collaborative researchers chose to represent change. Some of the visual and narrative devices employed by the photographers include staging the past; representing before/after situations; and thoughtful composition in the visual depiction of changed and changing physical environments. Beyond our initial research focus on perceptions of climatic changes, these farmers turned photographers shared compelling portrayals of change in its social, economic, ecological and cultural complexity, in some cases offering counter-narratives to the dominant environmentalist narrative about this protected area.


Participatory photography; local knowledge; climate change; change; West Africa; Guinea-Bissau; Cantanhez National Park

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12835/ve2016.1-0062


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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
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