In 2011, two visual methods conferences (The International Visual Sociology Association held in Vancouver B.C. and the International Visual Methodologies Conference held at Milton Keynes, UK) brought together our two research teams:
Professor Claudia Mitchell and doctoral students from the Participatory Cultures Lab at McGill University (https://participatorycultureslab.wordpress.com/); and,Professors Wendy Luttrell and David Chapin and doctoral students from the 
Collaborative Seeing Studio at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (http://collaborativeseeingstudio.commons.gc.cuny.edu/)
Our encounters ignited a desire to explore the synergies of our visual research practices. As a result, we held two weekend seminars, the first at McGill University in November, 2011 and the second at the Graduate Center (CUNY) at the end of March 2012. 
The purpose of these meetings was to present our individual projects, discuss visual research activities, and to imagine future visual research collaborations based on our commitment to these common core values:

a. mutual responsibility 
b. negotiating voice/privilege/language
c. positive outcomes