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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. 

 

EDUCATION: 

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 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

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  

 

PROJECTIONS:  

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) 

 

PUBLICATIONS: 

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 

 

Monograph: 

(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 

 

TEACHING: 

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.