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Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects

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Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects. / Fairey, Tiffany Henrietta Jade.

In: Visual Studies, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2018, p. 111-126.

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Fairey, THJ 2018, 'Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects', Visual Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 111-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2017.1389301

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Fairey, T. H. J. (2018). Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects. Visual Studies, 33(2), 111-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2017.1389301

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Fairey THJ. Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects. Visual Studies. 2018;33(2):111-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2017.1389301

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Fairey, Tiffany Henrietta Jade. / Whose photo? Whose voice? Who listens? ‘Giving,’ silencing and listening to voice in participatory visual projects. In: Visual Studies. 2018 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 111-126.

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