We work to combat misperception and misrepresentation.
we do that by supporting storytellers and by doing good things with their stories.
We work to combat misperception and misrepresentation.
we support a global community of VISUAL storytellers and work to get their stories into classrooms, publications, exhibitions, and creative spaces worldwide.
mission <maybe cut the word “mission”, just go right into it?>
The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we combat systemic misrepresentation through our educational programming and by providing structure, support, exposure, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of Everyday projects and our community of contributing photographers.
Everyday Africa began in 2012 as an effort to present a more accurate depiction of life on the continent. Our emphasis on localized storytelling via social media has been a much-needed disruptive force, providing greater context to coverage of Africa and propelling more African photojournalists to the center stage. Following Everyday Africa’s viral success, an international movement began as like-minded storytellers worldwide created their own Everyday projects on Instagram that use photography to combat cliché, promote local norms, and celebrate global commonalities. In 2014 the people behind a number of these feeds came together to exhibit at Photoville, in Brooklyn, NY — meeting for the first time and forming The Everyday Projects.
Soon, what began as a tool to be used on the community, country, region, and continent level was adapted for issue-specific use as well. Projects like Everyday Climate Change and Everyday Incarceration work to show the daily, personal impact of those issues on people’s lives. [i wrote this section thinking, maybe the language on the current About page isn’t clear enough in defining what we mean by “issue-specific”, but now i worry i’m just making it unnecessarily long]
From Latin America to Asia, Australia to the Middle East, Mumbai to the Bronx, our collective audience is well over 1 million.
The photography of The Everyday Projects is featured regularly in the world’s leading media outlets. We exhibit our work in galleries and festivals across the planet, run a photographer mentorship program with Native Agency, partner with World Press Photo to build and manage the African Photojournalism Database, create original stories on photography for our publication Re-Picture, and work with dozens of schools to reach thousands of students through our curriculum on stereotypes, misperception, and truth in storytelling. [Does this still reflect what we do??]
Visual journalism. We believe that photography and visual journalism have the power to connect and inform. That power has historically been used too often used to create limited, two-dimensional impressions of many parts of the world. We believe that in the right hands, it can be used to dismantle those [stereotypes], and [something positive]
Context. Focusing on the “everyday” does not mean that we focus solely on the positive. But, when photographing the serious issues of our time, we do so with an eye toward greater context and human impact.
Representation. We believe that a greater diversity and geographic representation is necessary in visual journalism. As an occupation, photojournalism must be as diverse as the communities we cover.
Insider / outsider storytelling. While our focus is on local storytellers, we believe that a variety of perspectives is necessary to cover the blindspots in any story.
Beyond documentary. We acknowledge that photography genres like “documentary” and “photojournalism” have different meanings and applications in different cultures and contexts. We seek to explore and embrace those differences.
Creativity. Photographers often focus on extreme situations so that they can make dramatic pictures. Our goal is to find beauty in the everyday; at times, to make the mundane visually engaging.
Community. At a time of crisis for our profession, we believe that we must focus on what we can learn from each other.
Shifting power. We believe that those with privilege should work toward equality and do their part to amplify underrepresented voices.
Education. We believe that in order to affect change, publication must be coupled with education.
Ethical conduct. We do not tolerate harassment at any level. We encourage all contributing photographers in The Everyday Projects network to adhere to the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics. [How do we feel about pointing toward that document? Feels a little odd to have the bullet about photojournalism and documentary having different meanings in different cultures, but then point to something to traditional. At the same time, it’s a better document than I expected (with things like “avoid stereotyping” etc). The only definitive thing I don’t like about it is the use of “subjects”]
Editorial independence. We work with a variety of foundations, partners, and sponsors. This does not affect our editorial decisions.
[NOTE: SUGGEST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, REMOVING THE @EVERYDAYEVERYWHERE THING. SUGGEST THAT WE MOVE THAT TO THE CONTACT PAGE, IN PLACE OF THE MAP THAT IS CURRENTLY THERE. (WE CAN KILL THE MAP, considering the new photographers section will be going up soon, and the map looks woefully incomplete in comparison.) Maybe the Starter Guide should also be moved to the Contact page? So this page ends with Partners? I think yes.]