Featuring: Contributing Photographers from @everydayafrica, @everydayasia, @everydayeasterneurope, @everydayegypt, @everydayiran, @everydayjamaica, @everydaylatinamerica, @everydaymiddleeast, and @everydayusa
The Everyday Projects began in post-war Ivory Coast in 2012 when photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill were visiting the country on a magazine assignment. The two had been based in West Africa for many years, and became frustrated by what they considered to be stereotypical media narratives about the region. To present a more representative narrative, they began focusing on moments that felt less extreme and more familiar to the people who lived there. They photographed everyday life with their mobile phones, eventually inviting other photographers on the continent to join them, using a shared Instagram account called @everydayafrica.
Since then, the Everyday concept has become a global phenomenon and 2014 saw photographers around the world adopting the name and launching their own Everyday feeds in their regions.
On Instagram, many of the photographers of The Everyday Projects have established themselves as pioneers, circumventing traditional distribution channels and connecting directly with their audiences, sharing images ranging from daily life to social justice issues.
This exhibition at Photoville marks the first time photographs from multiple Everyday projects will hang together in one place — a tribute to global commonalities.
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.