Brown, Ian; Westbrook, Roslyn; and Lysaght, Pauline, 2008, What happens when there are no rules? Exploring culture and diversity through children''s photography, in R. E. Griffin, M. Avgerinou & C. G. Spinillo (Eds.), Visual literacy beyond Frontiers: Information, Culture and Diversity (ivla 2007), USA: International Visual Literacy Association, 63-72.
Photography presents a powerful means of sharing one's world and provides opportunities for understanding the experiences of others. Many guides providing instruction and advice are available for both the amateur and professional photographer. The issue explored by this paper is whether the images taken by children who had been provided with disposable cameras but who were offered no formal instruction in photography are consistent with the guidelines typically associated with best practice. Selected images have been analysed using a range of compositional categories constituting best practice. The results indicate cultural differences in image construction and that children, on the whole reflect some of the ‘ideals’ of good photography.