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Framing Everyday Africa

Everyday Africa, the Instagram-based project founded by photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill, has grown since its inception in 2012—it’s closing in on 300,000 followers, who come to see almost to 3,000 posts showing African life outside of the usual context of war, poverty and disease that often frames the continent in Western media. A new virtual exhibition of work from the project is up now at UGallery and runs until April 18. The images, by 18 photographers from 15 countries, range from Glenna Gordon’s red-lit portrait of a pretty lady at the Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria, to Jane Hahn’s windswept motorcycle rider crossing the Niger River in Bamako, Mali, to Barry Christianson’s early morning portrait of Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. As the project’s website states, “As journalists who are native to Africa or have lived and worked on the continent for years at a time, we find the extreme not nearly as prevalent as the familiar, the everyday.”

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