Like their wordy colleagues, photojournalists share an instinct for finding and documenting “the story” — which, in the case of Africa, typically results in emotionally-jarring images of war, famine, and poverty. Freelance documentary photographer Peter DiCampo is no stranger to this — his award-winning series on “energy poverty” has exhibited around the world — but when he recently began using his iPhone to take casual snaps of the daily life of the Africans around him, he decided that this was a project with its own distinct merits.
“I realized that I had to keep doing it, because there’s a constant barrage of imagery of misery, despair and hopelessness, and more than any of those things — helplessness, the idea that Africans need to be saved,” he recently told the New York Times‘ James Estrin. “There are attempts out there to reverse this and tell empowering, hopeful stories about Africa. This is neither of those. This is an attempt at changing representation of Africa just by sharing things that are casual, that are a general stream of daily life.”