EVERYDAY AFRICA: 30 PHOTOGRAPHERS RE-PICTURING A CONTINENT

 

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Since its inception, their images have succeeded in presenting a more balanced view of Africa’s culture, people, institutions and mores. The genius of the book was to go beyond the photographs to include a large selection of followers’ comments – from the positive to the negative to the ugly – to recreate what made the feed so successful in the first place: the dialogue that’s necessary to confront our own biases.
— Olivier Laurent, Foreign Photo Editor / The Washington Post

Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent combats the clichés that depict Africa as a place of only poverty, disease, and war. Featuring the finest images from the acclaimed social media project, the book showcases photos of ordinary life that find beauty in stories rarely seen, shifting perception from the sensationalized extremes to a more textured, familiar reality. Photographs run alongside sections of Instagram commentary inspired by the images. Shocking, funny, and heart-felt, the comments are lighthearted one moment, caustic the next, speaking volumes about widely held perceptions of Africa while underscoring the continent's increased connectivity in a globalized world. Together they justify the project's very existence.

Photographers: 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

Essays by: Maaza Mengiste, Nana Kofi Acquah, Austin Merrill, Peter DiCampo, Stephen Mayes

Editors: Teun van der Heijden, Peter DiCampo, Austin Merrill, Nana Kofi Acquah

Design: Teun van der Heijden

Publisher: Kehrer

Cloth hardcover | 16,5 x 19,2 cm | 448 pages | 300 color illustrations

Many thanks to our Kickstarter backers and to PhotoWings and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for supporting the book's publication.