A teenage boy and girl embrace in Kakuka, Uganda. By Peter DiCampo
Everyday Africa is a photography project that uses cellphone photos to show the world what daily life really looks like across Africa. The images go beyond what we see in standard media coverage, and you’ll notice an absence of crying children or camouflaged rebels with guns.
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 has been to include more African photographers, and eventually to also allow for contributions from people who are not photographers, but are capturing images throughout their daily lives.”
It’s easy to forget just how much we have in common with each other across distant latitudes, but we hope these photos can act as a reminder.
Hauwa and Femi celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary at their home in Lagos, Nigeria. By Glenna Gordon
Girls in matching bathing suits and a waiter at a beachside hotel in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. By Peter DiCampo
A man reads the newspaper in the early morning in Plateau, the financial district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. By Peter DiCampo.
A server passes out small ice chests as gifts to guests at a chaotic but organized upper crust wedding in Lagos, Nigeria. By Glenna Gordon
A young boy grips his model airplane and looks out the window of a bus shuttling passengers between a plane an the airport terminal in Bamako, Mali. By Glenna Gordon
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Friends play on the beach in Grand-Bassam, a popular weekend destination outside of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. By Peter DiCampo
Passengers wait for their bags at a bus station on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali. By Glenna Gordon
A young girl holds flowers for Palm Sunday at a church on the outskirts of Gulu, northern Uganda. By Glenna Gordon
Hipster in Ivory Coast. This young man lives in Abidjan, but we ran into him in his hometown of Niambli, a village in the western part of the country that was wrecked by conflict in 2011. But he didn’t want to talk about all that. He wanted to talk about music and fashion and the club scene in Abidjan. By Austin Merrill
Dancers prior to a performance at a festival in Mpisi Village, Zimbabwe/ cheerleaders before a soccer game in Harare, Zimbabwe. By Austin Merrill
Thank you to Peter DiCampo for giving us permission to repost these photos on ONE.org. To follow this ongoing project, visit Everyday Africa here.