This photo essay is the product of a partnership between Prof. Krista Harper, the Sajó River Association for Environment and Community Development, and community organizer Judit Bari. The project took place in a small city in northeastern Hungary hit hard by factory closings since the collapse of state socialism in 1989. The Roma community, about 20% of the town’s population, has been especially vulnerable. A team of six young people participated as photographers and discussion participants, working closely with Harper and Bari. Other community members joined discussions of the images. The team held a photo exhibition in the neighborhood where the photos were taken, inviting city council members, health care providers, and environmentalists from a city nearby. The team held another exhibition in Budapest. Ministry officials, academic researchers, and activists took part in a formal discussion. Harper and Bari presented the team’s photographs at the United Nations Committee on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights in Geneva.
Harper, Krista and The Sajó River Association for Environment and Community Development, Hungary, "Across the Bridge: Using PhotoVoice to Study Environment and Health in a Romani Community." (2009). Selected Publications of EFS Faculty, Students, and Alumni. Paper 2.
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