In 2012, documentary photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill were in West Africa working on a story about the aftermath of the civil war in Ivory Coast, which ended in 2011, for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. They wanted to do something different with the visual component of the story, something from the perspective of the refugees. DiCampo shot the story with his camera, but found himself documenting street scenes and “everyday” images with this iPhone. In a story about “Everyday Africa” in the June 2014 of PDN, DiCampo told writer David Walker, “To me, it’s all about looking at the notion of [traditional] photojournalism and sort of trying to poke holes in a little bit.” He continued to explain, “To us it became important to tell a more complete story [that] mirrored how we knew daily life functions on the continent.” Wanting to share the images they were both making, even after the Pulitzer Center assignment was completed, they started a Tumblr, eventually launching what is now known as “Everyday Africa” (@everydayafrica) on Instagram, which currently has over a 100,000 followers.
Since their launch, the “everyday” concept has grown into a global forum, with regional feeds who’ve adopted the Everyday name. For the first time, photographs from multiple Everyday Instagram accounts, curated by the Instagram Community Team, are on display at Photoville in Brooklyn. Contributing photographers from @everydayafrica, @everydayasia, @everydayeasterneurope, @everydayegypt, @everydayiran, @everydayjamaica, @everydaylatinamerica, @everydaymiddleeast and @everydayusa are included in the “Everyday Projects” show.
See the Everyday show and more than 50 other photo exhibitions and outdoor installations at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which re-opens Thursday, September 25, 2014 and runs through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Photoville also includes artist talks, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and evening events.