Peter DiCampo is a photographer, writer, and editor whose work dissects the documentary practice, perceptions of the African continent, and the long-lasting impact of foreign aid. He is a cofounder of the acclaimed Everyday Africa project and its resultant nonprofit, The Everyday Projects. Currently, he is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
Everyday Africa is a collective Instagram feed of photographers sharing daily-life images across the continent in an effort to transcend stereotypes and present a more accurate depiction of normal life. Our emphasis on localized, social media storytelling has been the disruptive force necessary to provide greater context to coverage of Africa and propel more African photojournalists to the center stage.
A cofounder of Everyday Africa and a contributing photographer, I have also taken on the roles of writer, coeditor of our book, exhibition curator, curriculum designer, teacher, and (once) even actor.
The Everyday Projects
The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. As a nonprofit, we combat systemic misrepresentation through our educational programming and by providing structure, support, exposure, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of @Everyday photography groups — through professional development, community-building, and the promotion of new work.
What Went Wrong?
What Went Wrong? is a citizen journalism project mapping failed, unfinished, or broken aid projects across Africa. I began documenting failed foreign aid projects in 2013, starting with my own: an incomplete latrine project from my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana.