This year–amidst the compounded pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, amidst global social upheaval–thirteen photographers returned to places and moments they have photographed before, to make
This year–amidst the compounded pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, amidst global social upheaval–thirteen photographers returned to places and moments they have photographed before, to make new images and record the visual impact of 2020. Their photographs reveal evolutions in our interactions and traditions, how we use (or have stopped using) public spaces, inequality and unrest, economic strain, and demands for justice.
Photographers Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, U.S.A.), Yolanda Escobar Jiménez (Quito, Ecuador), Brian Otieno (Nairobi, Kenya), and Xiaojie Ouyang (Wuhan, China), discuss what it was like to return to places they had photographed before and make new photographs.
Moderated by Christy Havranek of HuffPost, and Elie Gardner of The Everyday Projects, they will discuss their findings, their photographs, why they chose those specific places, and what their photographs may tell us as we collectively look for a roadmap to our futures.
These four photographers also had their work made into an Augmented Reality photo exhibition that viewers can see in the comfort of their own homes through their phones. They will discuss what it meant to them to create that intimate, additional layer to their storytelling.
Please make sure to also check out corresponding exhibition Then & Now.
Featuring: Sheila Pree Bright, Yolanda Escobar Jiménez, Brian Otieno, Xiaojie Ouyang
Moderated by: Christy Havranek, Photo Director, HuffPost and Elie Gardner, Community Team, The Everyday Projects
Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed international photographic artist who portrays large-scale works that combine a wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. She is known for her series, #1960Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia.
Bright is the author of #1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter protest published by Chronicle Book. The work was featured in The New York Times and appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America. Her series has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and the Leica Gallery in New York City. Her series #1960Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies and Suburbia have been extensively reviewed and written about nationally and internationally. She is a contributor to Everyday Black America.
Yolanda Escobar Jiménez is a Mexican-born photographer now based in Ecuador. Her work is focused on sports, travel, and documentary. She has been published in Smithsonian Journeys, Vanity Fair on Travel, Sports Illustrated, and more, and books including Hack The Future for Facebook Latin America. She often travels within Latin America, photographing everyday life for media, foundations, and nonprofits. She has been on the jury of POYLatam and Fotoperiodismo por la Paz Juan Antonio Serrano awards. Yolanda is a contributor to Everyday Latin America and Everyday Ecuador, and is on the Advisory Board of The Everyday Projects.
Brian Otieno is deeply committed to sharing stories from his community and his country that rarely make it into the international news. Since 2013, Brian has dedicated his time and energy to bring to light the unseen side of his hometown of Kibera, which is often portrayed as a place of poverty, violence, and disease. Through his project Kibera Stories, he focuses his lenses on a broader spectrum of life where hope, resilience, ambition, and a sense of community prevail. Brian is committed to depolarizing and humanizing the traditional narrative that distorts how underprivileged communities are perceived and defined. He is a contributing photographer to Everyday Africa.
Xiaojie Ouyang is an independent photographer based in Wuhan, China, whose work focuses on humanity by exploring and photographing the hardness and happiness of people living in her home city.
Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she manages a team of photo editors and photographers, oversees production of commissioned and in-house photography, and collaborates across the newsroom to elevate visual storytelling. With twenty years of experience in photography, she has worked across multiple industries including book publishing, television, fashion, and editorial. In 2017, Christy launched commissioned photography at HuffPost, a first for the news outlet. Recently, she has juried photo exhibits with the Center for Fine Art Photography, LENSCRATCH, and Photo Place Gallery, among others, and in 2019 she was an editorial mentor in the Women Photograph’s mentorship program. She is a juror for Photolucida Critical Mass 2020.
Elie Gardner is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and graduate student in global development based in Mandal, Norway. Previously, she worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and as a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker in Istanbul, Turkey, and Lima, Peru. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, co-founder of Everyday Latin America, and member of The Everyday Projects Community Team. Elie was awarded Best Documentary Short Film at the Verona International Film Festival in 2019. Her work has been featured by Al Jazeera, PRI’s The World, Der Spiegel, and The New York Times, among others.
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Photography and visual journalism have the power to challenge the stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. The Everyday Projects uses that power to combat harmful misperceptions and to rise above persistent inequality. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.
We started with Everyday Africa in 2012—a collective of photographers sharing daily-life images on Instagram from across the continent in an effort to present a more accurate depiction of normal life. Following our viral success, an international movement began as like-minded storytellers worldwide created their own @Everyday feeds on Instagram that use photography to combat cliché, promote local norms, and celebrate global commonalities. In 2014 the people behind a number of these feeds came together to exhibit at Photoville — meeting for the first time and forming The Everyday Projects.
At HuffPost, we report with empathy and put people at the heart of every story. We consider the needs, passions and curiosity of our readers in all of our journalism. If something matters to our readers, it matters to us.
RYOT is Verizon Media’s Emmy Award®-winning content studio and innovation lab that brings astonishing storytelling, immersive experiences and groundbreaking technology to every corner of the world. In 2020, RYOT and Verizon Media launched Verizon Media Immersive, the largest online XR platform for advertising and content. From augmented reality, to virtual reality, and mixed reality, Verizon Media Immersive allows partners, advertisers and Verizon Media’s portfolio of brands to create one-of-a-kind by seamlessly connecting the physical and digital world.
Five photographs from this project can be viewed in augmented reality powered by Verizon Media Immersive.
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