The common media image of the African continent is one of extremes – but how can we identify the extremes without first establishing the norms? Two years ago, photojournalist Peter DiCampo started sharing iPhone snapshots while on assignment in West Africa. Now he's breaking down media stereotypes with a team of 20 contributing photographers, 90,000 Instagram followers, and spin-offs starting in other continents. He shares what he's learned about how visual streams and camera phones are changing the rules of photojournalism, visual literacy and audience engagement.
Peter DiCampo launched his freelance career while also working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. His photography has been published by National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, GEO, Foreign Policy Magazine, and many others. In 2012, Peter was named one of PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and received the Photocrati Fund grant. Other accolades include first prize in The British Journal of Photography 2010 IPA and three grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Life Without Lights, Peter's global project on Energy Poverty, has exhibited in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Hannover (Germany), and Lagos.