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Everyday Africa

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Everyday Africa is a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent. An attempt to re-direct the focus towards a more accurate understanding of what the majority of Africans experience on a day-to-day basis: normal life. TheNewAfrica has selected some pictures for you, but we are sure you will share our enthusiasm about this project on the spot.

All Africa.  Everyday Africa is a photography project conceived by award winning American journalists, documentary photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill, both having started their passion for people in Africa working as Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast respectively. They got sick and tired of the stereotypes of how the global media cover life in Africa, neglecting that there is a normal private everyday life.

The project, which has gotten attention from media outlets around the globe, currently works with 10 contributors, all of whom are driven by co-founder Peter DiCampo’s vision to portray a more accurate understanding of Africa.

“The contributors are photographers who live or have lived in Africa and share our frustration with the usual, predetermined narrative of poverty and disease that comes from the continent,”

says Peter.

“Our recent goal is … to eventually also allow for contributions from people who are not photographers, but are capturing images throughout their daily lives.”´

Everyday Africa includes work from the following contributors: Nana Kofi Acquah, Jide Alakija, Andrew Esiebo, Glenna Gordon, Jane Hahn, Idil Ibrahim, Shannon Jensen, Lindsay Mackenzie, Holly Pickett, Allison Shelley, Charlie Shoemaker, Nichole Sobecki, Laura El-Tantawy, Sara Terry

Please read more about the intention and the global reception of the project in an article Peter DiCampo wrote for Salon and on the blog of ONE.


Please have a look at Everyday Africa’s website and on Tumblr.