Everyday Africa, a book that uses photographs to fight stereotypes of Africa

Everyday Africa, is a book that presents the major and minor events in life through the images of 30 photographers. It is an attempt to use photography to go beyond the usual stereotypes of war, poverty, disease, and wildlife, and to celebrate Africa’s diversity and daily life in all its forms.

The project was started in 2012 by two Americans, Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill, as a feed on the Instagram. “The idea came during their trip to Ivory Coast to report on the end of its civil war. While speaking with refugees and soldiers about how the country was recovering, the Americans found that daily life was fairly normal for most people. However, they felt this information was not coming through in the story they were preparing”.

The book is a collection of over 250 photographs, from over 30 contributing photographers. The project has more than 300,000 followers and 3,200 images on Instagram.

Left: Ginika is on her way to join thousands of Nigerian law graduates called to bar in Abuja, Nigeria. By Tom Saater @tomsaater. Right: An accountant gets his shoes shined on his way to work in Conakry, Guinea. By Ricci Shryock @ricci_s.
Hauwa and Femi celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Glenna Gordon @glennagordon

The Photographers

Here is a list of some of the top leading photographers, both African and international, as well as voices that are newer to the photography scene:

  • Nana Kofi Acquah                         
  • Jana Ašenbrennerová
  • Girma Berta
  • Guillaume Bonn
  • Barry Christianson
  • Daouda Corera
  • Peter DiCampo
  • Edward Echwalu
  • Laura El-Tantawy
  • Yagazie Emezi
  • Andrew Esiebo
  • Malin Fezehai
  • Glenna Gordon
  • Jane Hahn
  • Idil Ibrahim
  • Shannon Jensen
  • Mahmoud Khattab
  • Lindsay Mackenzie
  • Austin Merrill
  • Holly Pickett
  • Whitney Richardson
  • Christina Rizk
  • Tom Saater
  • Allison Shelley
  • Charlie Shoemaker
  • Ricci Shryock
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Sara Terry
  • Ley Uwera
  • Sam Vox

 

Source: Voanews  & Kikstarter

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