Sep 212014
 archive : 2014

The Everyday Movement and the Uphill Battle Against Media Stereotypes

Nana Kofi Acquah

Nana Kofi Acquah

Since the @everydayafrica feed launched on Instagram two years ago, the concept has grown into a global movement of photographers using daily-life imagery to fight stereotypes on a community, city, country, or continent level: from @everydaybronx to @everydayasia, from @everydaylatinamerica to @everydayiran, from @everydayusa to @everydayeasterneurope, and dozens more.

Presenters: Stephen Mayes Peter DiCampo Nana Kofi Acquah Tina Remiz Oscar Durand Kiana Hayeri Shin Woong-jae Ruddy Roye

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands

Presented by:

  • The Everyday Projects

Since the @everydayafrica feed launched on Instagram two years ago, the concept has grown into a global movement of photographers using daily-life imagery to fight stereotypes on a community, city, country, or continent level: from @everydaybronx to @everydayasia, from @everydaylatinamerica to @everydayiran, from @everydayusa to @everydayeasterneurope, and dozens more.

@everydayafrica co-founder Peter DiCampo will give a brief presentation on the origins of the project, its education and online initiatives, an overview of the movement’s growth, and photographs from many of the Everyday Instagram feeds — then the founders of various Everyday projects will engage in a panel discussion on visual media stereotypes in their respective regions and their personal motivations and methods for adapting the Everyday model.

Presenter Bios

  • Stephen Mayes

    Stephen Mayes

    Stephen Mayes is a strategist working with institutions and individuals to develop effective visual communications in a fast changing media environment. With broad experience at top levels of the photographic industry my practice embraces all aspects of creative management including project design, execution, distribution strategies and business structures. My perspective is informed by a rich mix of experience in the fields of photojournalism, fashion, commercial and art photography.

  • Peter DiCampo

    Peter DiCampo

    Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. He launched his freelance career while working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. He has won several grants and honors, including from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, POYi, and World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. His work has been published by National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Peter is co-creator of Everyday Africa, an Instagram based project focused on daily-life images from across the continent to refute stereotypical media images.

  • Nana Kofi Acquah

    Nana Kofi Acquah

    After six years in advertising, and winning multiple awards every single year, Nana Kofi Acquah (Everyday Africa) quit as Executive Creative Director of TBWA\Ghana, to pursue the less glamorous life of a photographer. He has so far worked for Corporates, NGOs and magazines across most of subsaharan Africa. He’s a Tedx speaker on Education, an award winning blogger and one of the most famous African photographers on Instagram, where he’s aptly known as @africashowboy. Nana’s clients include Hershey’s, Novartis, Vlisco, Nestle, Orica, Time Magazine, Forbes, The Financial Times, Geo France, Getty Images, Philips, Nike and a lot of non-profit organisations.

  • Tina Remiz

    Tina Remiz

    Tina Remiz (Everyday Eastern Europe) is a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin, currently based in the UK. She graduated from BA Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in 2012, and currently works as a freelance photographer, specialising in reportage and portraiture. Both Remiz’s visual and written work has appeared in numerous national and international publications and has been exhibited in the UK and abroad. A lot of her personal work is concerned with the issues of migration and cultural identity, as Remiz reflect on my personal experience of growing up in the post-Soviet Latvia and immigrating to the West in late teens. Remiz is a founder of @EverydayEasternEurope project.

  • Oscar Durand

    Oscar Durand

    Peruvian photojournalist Oscar Durand (Everyday Latin America) discovered visual storytelling by accident, while studying industrial engineering in Lima, Peru. He then moved to the United States where he launched his freelance career. Having a natural curiosity for people and places, in photojournalism Oscar found his ideal tool to explore the world. A graduate of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Oscar focuses on social issues in Latin America working in photo and video with editorial clients and non-profit organizations. He is currently based in Lima, Peru.

  • Kiana Hayeri

    Kiana Hayeri

    Kiana Hayeri is a Senior TED fellow and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, NPR, Monocle Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Globe and Mail, among others.

  • Shin Woong-jae

    Shin Woong-jae

    Shin Woong-jae (Everyday Asia) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and he graduated from School of the International Center of Photography, and he was awarded the ICP’s Director Fellowship during his Documentary and Photojournalism course in 2012. After finishing an internship at VII Photo in 2012, he started his career focusing on human rights issues and conflicts of urbanization in social landscape. His clients include The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and GQ Korea among others. He is also a contributing writer for PhotoDot Magazine of South Korea. He recently won the 2014 Rita K. Hillman Foundation Grant, and is participating in Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII.

  • Ruddy Roye

    Ruddy Roye

    Ruddy Roye is a Cleveland-based documentary photographer known for his coverage of race relations in America and the diaspora at large. He has over fifteen years of experience and specializes in editorial and environmental portraiture as well as photojournalism.


  • The Everyday Projects

    The Everyday Projects

    The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

    We began 10 years ago with Everyday Africa. Since then, we have become a global community of visual storytellers — documentary photographers, journalists, artists, and more — all committed to using imagery to combat harmful misperceptions and to rise above persistent inequality. As a non-profit, we work to provide opportunities for our global community and to provide structure, support, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of Everyday photography groups.

    We believe in amplifying local voices and in shifting power away from monolithic narratives dominated by a Western, top-down approach to storytelling. We work toward a future of photojournalism and visual storytelling that is inclusive and anti-racist.

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