About this project
STRETCH GOALS -- Thanks to the generous support of our backers, we have covered the production costs of the book!! Additional support will be put toward a book launch event in Nairobi in Spring 2017. This will include:
-Getting as many of our contributing photographers as possible to Nairobi. Many of our contributors still have not met each other! We will use this in-person meeting to establish mentoring relationships between our contributors who are just starting their photography careers and those who are more experienced.
-Exhibition costs for a quality print exhibition in Kenya's capital that can then also be used elsewhere in the region.
-A workshop of our theater program. Just as the book includes samples of the fascinating Instagram commentary our photos receive, we have also been experimenting with theater, using the Instagram comments as dialogue. We will work with local Kenyan actors and put on a series of performances during the Nairobi exhibition. The theater work compares foreign and local ideas of a place, and further interrogates perceptions of Africa and the way we communicate today.
Thank you for your continued support!! Your belief in this project and our goals is invaluable!
Everyday Africa is a collective of photographers posting images to Instagram from across the continent. 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 has more than 300,000 followers and 3,200 images on Instagram; has been featured in the world’s leading media outlets; and has built an education initiative used in schools across the USA and internationally.
With your help, we are creating our first book, featuring the work of 30 contributing photographers! The book will be a collection of over 250 photographs, chosen for the fascinating ways they make the mundane beautiful all over the continent.
It will also feature samples of the Instagram comments that were sparked by some of the images. We have found that these conversations, arguments, and moments of sharing -- innocuous or funny one moment, paternalistic or caustic the next -- help us celebrate local norms and global commonalities, while offering deeper layers of insight into our misperceptions of this part of the world.
The Everyday Africa book features the work of these 30 incredible contributing photographers. This list includes some of the world's leading photographers, both African and international, as well as voices that are newer to the photography scene. Between us, we are a collective of multiple award-winners, working for prominent editorial clients on the continent and globally.
- 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
- 440 Pages
- 267 Photos (approx)
- 16.5x19.2cm (about 6.5x7.5")
- Introductions: Maaza Mengiste, Nana Kofi Acquah, Peter DiCampo+Austin Merrill
- Afterword: Stephen Mayes
- Design: Teun van der Heijden / Heijdens Karwei
We are thrilled to be collaborating with the acclaimed book designer Teun van der Heijden on this project, as well as essayists Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze, and prominent photography writer Stephen Mayes. Nana Kofi Acquah, one of our most prolific contributors and someone who always provides colorful and thought-provoking captions, will be contributing a written piece as well. With your help, the book will be published by Kehrer Verlag this fall.
In the past two years, we have seen more than 2,500 middle and high school students in the USA, using the story of Everyday Africa’s genesis and development to teach about stereotypes, photography, how journalism is made, and truth in storytelling. This work has been carried out hand in hand with the Pulitzer Center, our earliest supporter, with whom we created this curriculum that we encourage anyone to use.
Next, with a grant from our new partner PhotoWings, we will enhance the curriculum, adding video lessons that will be used in even more classrooms. We are using the book to design new lessons, specifically with the varied Instagram commentary in mind, so that students can explore cross-cultural communication and discover new ways to use social media, learning about its potential implications on empathy and perception.
Press + Exhibitions
Social Media for Development:
BBC World Service:
- New Platform Brings 'Everyday Everywhere' to Everyone
- Ways of Seeing: The Growth of the Everyday Everywhere Movement
- Everyday Life Around the world as Told Through Instagram
The New York Times:
- Bringing @EverydayAfrica to the Printed Page
- Everyday Nigeria — Not Idealized, Not Debased
- Picturing Everyday Life in Africa
PBS News Hour:
The Washington Post:
Africa is a Country:
The New Yorker:
Everyday Africa has also been published in the print editions of Collective Magazine (Australia), Departures (USA), Huck Magazine (UK), Internazionale (Italy), Newsweek (Japan), The Sunday Times (South Africa), Vrij Nederland (The Netherlands), Volkskrant (The Netherlands), and Wings Magazine (Nigeria), among others.
- FotoIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
- BredaPhoto, Breda, The Netherlands
- OBSCURA Festival of the Photograph, George Town, Malaysia
- LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, USA
- Just Another Photo Festival, Delhi, India
- Rencontres des Fes, Fes, Morocco
- Channels: Media, Culture, and Representation, Delaware County Community College, USA
- Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Media, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge University, UK
- Photoville, Brooklyn, USA
- Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the African Film Festival – The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Walter Reade Theater Lincoln Center, New York, USA
- Photofest, Querétaro, Mexico
- “i-conography,” at the VII Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Risks and challenges
Making a photobook is a complicated process - however, we are well into the design and editing process, and printing is just around the corner! If we meet our funding goal, things should go smoothly. If there are any delays, we will let our backers know promptly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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