Glimpses of ev­ery­day life in Africa.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —David Tse

Founded in 2012 by Amer­i­can writer Austin Mer­rill and pho­to­jour­nal­ist Pe­ter DiCampo af­ter an as­sign­ment took them to Ivory Coast in the wake of that coun­try’s sec­ond civil war, Ev­ery­day Africa be­gan as an In­sta­gram feed ded­i­cated to re­dress­ing the clichés that por­tray the con­ti­nent as a place of mostly poverty, dis­ease, and con­flict. The snaps from their cam­era phones cap­tured scenes of gen­uine, ev­ery­day life that, in DiCampo’s words, “stripped away a pre­con­ceived nar­ra­tive” and pre­sented a more rounded de­pic­tion of Africa’s 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple than that seen in main­stream me­dia. The project has since ex­panded into a col­lec­tive of dozens of pho­tog­ra­phers, the best posts from whom have been re­cently compiled into a 448-page book called Ev­ery­day Africa:

30 Pho­tog­ra­phers Re-Pic­tur­ing a Con­ti­nent (Kehrer Ver­lag; US$40). Sup­ple­mented by a se­lec­tion of the In­sta­gram com­ments they sparked, th­ese im­ages, a hand­ful of which are pre­sented here, make even the most mun­dane mo­ment seem ex­tra­or­di­nary.

A street in the Atk­ilt Tera fruits and veg­eta­bles mar­ket of Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Girma Berta.

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