Unofficial Truths and Everyday Insights: Understanding Voice in Visual Research With the Children of Accra’s Urban Poor

This article draws upon the use of photography to research the lives of children living in Accra, Ghana. Its aim is to consider method in visual research, and to reflect upon those modes of explanation and understanding that any consideration of method must require. It suggests a role for photography as a ‘vector’, as something capable of connecting our knowledge and understanding of the everyday with the everyday experiences and reality of others. Drawing upon the photographs and spoken testimonies of children who live and work on the street, and of children who live in a large informal settlement, the article advances an intimate connection between photography and knowledge of the everyday reality of children’s lives, most evident in the capacity of children’s photographs to surprise and highlight the fallibility of our understandings.