Award-winning photographer Peter DiCampo sat down with PhotoWings to discuss the genesis and phenomenal success of the social photography project Everyday Africa, which has led to a community of more than 20 unique Everyday projects called Everyday Everywhere. The project seeks to encourage empathy and understanding by documenting relatable and contextual images, in addition to those made with stereotypical narratives. Founded by journalists DiCampo and Austin Merrill, the project has used the shareability of social media to reach a global audience.
The idea that started Everyday Africa has evolved into a growing community of other "Everyday" projects, with photographic storytellers creating new feeds such as @EverydayUSA, @EverydayAsia, @EverydayLatinAmerica, and @EverydayClimateChange. The educational potential for these projects is enormous.
Learn more about the Everyday projects:
Blue Earth Alliance 2014 Presentation
The common media image of the African continent is one of extremes – but how can we identify the extremes without first establishing the norms? Two years ago, photojournalist Peter DiCampo started sharing iPhone snapshots while on assignment in West Africa. Now he's breaking down media stereotypes with a team of 20 contributing photographers, 90,000 Instagram followers, and spin-offs starting in other continents. He shares what he's learned about how visual streams and camera phones are changing the rules of photojournalism, visual literacy and audience engagement.
Lessons in the Field
PhotoWings spent the day with documentary photographer Matt Black in Firebaugh, California as he made images for his body of work in the Central Valley. While on location, he provided insights on his photographic philosophy and how he connects to the people, communities and landscapes that he encounters. He shared tips about critical thinking, resilience, and how to tell complex stories using photographs.