Peter DiCampo (b. 1984) is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a traditional photojournalist—now, his work seeks to deconstruct that experience. He is a co-founder of Everyday Africa, the Instagram-based project that has blossomed into a global phenomenon, and he is a regular speaker in classrooms and workshops on media stereotypes and the promotion of localized storytelling. He was among the first recipients of the ImpactAFRICA grant in 2017 and was on the jury of the first AddisFotoFest Awards in 2016.
Columbia University / Brown Institute for Media Innovation / Magnum Foundation, Photography Expanded Fellowship, 2015
World Press Photo, Joop Swart Masterclass, 2013
VII Mentor Program, 2010-2012
Boston University, BS, Journalism, 2005
Musea da Republica (Rio de Janeiro, 2012)—Life Without Lights
The Strand Gallery (London, 2012)—Life Without Lights
VII Gallery (New York, 2011)—Life Without Lights
Vienna International Centre (Vienna, 2011)—Life Without Lights
AOP Gallery (London, 2010)—Life Without Lights
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam DOCLAB (Amsterdam, 2016)–The Everyday Projects
FotoIstanbul (Istanbul, 2015 + 2016)–The Everyday Projects
BredaPhoto (Breda, The Netherlands, 2016)—Everyday Africa (also as co-curator)
OBSCURA Festival of the Photograph (George Town, Malaysia, 2016)—Everyday Africa (also as co-curator)
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph (Charlottesville, USA, 2016)—Everyday Africa: A Look Ahead (also as co-curator)
Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fes (Fes, Morocco, 2015)—Everyday Africa
Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, 2015)—Emerging
Articulture Biennial (Pennsylvania, 2015)—CHANNELS: Media, Culture, and Representation
Photoreporter Festival (Baie de Saint-Brieuc, France, 2014)—What Went Wrong? Perspectives on Failed Aid
Photoville (New York, 2014)—The Everyday Projects
Air Circulation gallery (New York, 2014)—Appetite, the Culture of Food
Neubacher Shor Contemporary (Toronto, 2013)—Magenta Foundation Flash Forward
Photofusion (London, 2013)—Magenta Foundation Flash Forward
Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Lincoln Center (New York, 2013)—Everyday Africa
Photofest (Querétaro, Mexico, 2013)—Everyday Africa
Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism (Hannover, Germany, 2012)—Life Without Lights
VII Gallery (New York, 2012)—Everyday Africa (also as co-curator)
The Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, 2012)—iSee: The eyes of VII in the hands of Hipstamatic
Fotoweek DC (Washington DC, 2012)—Global Goods / Local Costs
VII Gallery (New York, 2012)—Liberty & Justice (For All) Lagos Photo (Lagos, 2011)—Life Without Lights
KUD France Preseren Gallery (Ljubljana, 2010)—Global World: Through the Lens of Human Rights
Triennale Bovisa Gallery (Milan, 2009)—Woodstock: The After Party
Just Another Photo Festival (Delhi, 2015 + 2016)–Everyday Africa
Slideluck Potshow (Dhaka, 2014)—Life Without Lights
Slideluck Potshow (San Francisco, 2014)—The Everyday Projects
Athens Photo Festival (Athens, 2012)—Life Without Lights
Visa Pour l’Image (Perpignan, France, 2010)—Life Without Lights
Slideluck Potshow (New York, Washington DC, Oslo, Stockholm, London, Ottawa, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Austin, all 2010)—Life Without Lights
SELECT AWARDS + GRANTS:
Code for Africa / International Center for Journalists, ImpactAFRICA grant (Kenya, 2017)–What Went Wrong?
Magnum Foundation, Emergency Fund Grant (USA, 2015)—What Went Wrong?
Photoreporter Festival, Grant (France, 2014)—What Went Wrong?
Open Society Foundations, Audience Engagement Grant (USA, 2013)—Everyday Africa
POYi, World Understanding Award, Finalist (USA, 2013)—Life Without Lights
PDN30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch list (USA, 2012)
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Grants (USA, 2009, 2011, 2012)
PDN Photo Annual, Finalist (USA, 2011)—Life Without Lights
Anthropographia Award for Human Lights, Shortlisted (Canada, 2011)—Life Without Lights
The British Journal of Photography IPA, Winner (UK, 2010)—Life Without Lights
Editor and Publisher Photos of the Year, 1st Prize (USA, 2008)—Life Without Lights
Boston University, Photojournalism Student of the Year (USA, 2005)
Africa is a A Country, Aperture magazine, BBC World Service, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, The British Journal of Photography, CNN.com, Departures, Esquire, Foreign Policy Magazine, GEO, Global Post, GOOD Magazine, Huck Magazine, Guernica, Internazionale, Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, Mother Jones, National Geographic, The National (UAE), Newsweek, NBCNews.com, The New Yorker Photo Booth, The New York Times, PDN, Salon.com, TIME, Vantage, Vanity Fair, Vrij Nederland, The Wall Street Journal, Wired RAW File
(The Place Where I Always Begin). 10(X) Editions, 2016.
in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Other books that include my work:
Photographers’ Sketchbooks. Thames & Hudson, 2014.
Flash Forward 10th. Magenta, 2014.
Hungry Still. QUAD / FORMAT and SLIDELUCK London, 2014.
Next #03. World Press Photo and Schilt Publishing, 2013.
Flash Forward. Magenta, 2013.
WRITING + SELECT INTERVIEWS:
“Instagramming Africa”, interview, Africa is a Country, March 2014
“Introducing Africa to the OMG Crowd”, Salon.com, February 2013
“Photographing Everyday Life in Africa”, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, May 2012
ARTIST TALKS + LECTURES + PANELS:
Wales International Development Summit (Swansea, UK, 2016)–What Does Modern Africa Look Like? lecture
LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph (Charlottesville, USA, 2016)–Instagram as a Tool for Social Engagement lecture
World Press Photo Awards Days (Amsterdam, 2016)—Diversity: Gender, geography and how can we better represent the world? panel
The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 2016)—Artist Talk
Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, 2015)—Artist Talk
Magnum Foundation (New York, 2015)—Photography, Expanded Symposium presenter
The New School (New York, 2015)—Media, Culture, and International Affairs Seminar
The Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, 2015)—Iris Nights lecture: Reimagining Africa
PhotoStories Multimedia Conference (Amsterdam, 2015)—Keynote
University of Washington (Seattle, 2015)—Global Health Seminar
VII Evolution Tour (Washington DC, 2015)—Balancing Advocacy, Journalism, and Funding panel
Photoreporter Festival (Baie de Saint-Brieuc, France, 2014)—Are Humanitarian NGO Programs Sustainable? lecture
Collaborations for Cause (Seattle, 2014)—The Everyday Projects lecture
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (New York, 2014)—The Everyday Projects panel
Photoville (New York, 2014)—The Everyday Movement and the Uphill Battle Against Media Stereotypes panel
Future of Learning Institute, Harvard University (Cambridge, 2014)—Global Journalism & Contemporary Learning lecture
The Image Deconstructed Workshop, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, 2014)—Everyday Africa lecture
Flash Forward Festival (Boston, 2013)—Operator, Get Me Instagram panel
George Washington University (Washington DC, 2012)—Global Goods Local Costs panel
VII Gallery (New York, 2012)—Why Are We Talking About Smartphones? panel
The Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, 2012)—Everyday Africa artist talk
VII Gallery (New York, 2011)—A Conversation on Energy Poverty: Problems and Solutions panel
Everyday Africa—Various, 2014 to present.
Everyday Africa, in partnership with Pulitzer Center, created a visual literacy curriculum that we have used in classrooms with over 2,500 middle and high school students in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, and Mombasa.
World Press Photo Photojournalism Workshop–Nairobi, 2016.
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop—Cape Town, 2016.
Social Advocacy, Photography and Beyond workshop at Photographic Center Northwest—Seattle, 2015.
Free Spirit Media high school workshop with the Pulitzer Center—Chicago, 2014.
Everyday Bronx middle school workshop at Bronx Documentary Center—New York, 2014.
Everyday Sri Lanka mobile journalism workshop with The Tiziana Project—Colombo, 2013.