The Everyday Projects educational videos are classroom tools made as add-ons to our existing curriculum. These videos provide further instruction on photography from expert photographers worldwide, and further encourage students to take control of the narrative of their home community through participating in visual storytelling and ultimately creating their own Everyday project.

To see the full descriptions and learning goals associated with each video, click the Vimeo link on each one.

Many thanks to our partners PhotoWings for their support in the creation of these videos, and to Mark Schulte of the Pulitzer Center and Tracy Crowley of CCSD21 for their editorial advice.



Part 1: Introduction

Students are introduced to the Everyday Africa project and are tasked with considering their own perceptions of Africa and media-driven stereotypes.

Part 2: Photography as Storytelling

Through the photographs of Everyday Africa, students learn how photography can be used to tell stories of daily life.

Part 3: Everyday Africa, Behind the Photos

Hear from Barry Christianson, Edward Echwalu, Yagazie Emezi, Tom Saater, Ricci Shryock, Ley Uwera, and Sam Vox as they describe photographs of everyday life that they made on assignment, in their community, or in their own homes.

They speak a language, Hausa, that I don’t also speak, but the picture helped us to understand each other.
— Tom Saater

Part 4: Shooting with Yagazie Emezi

Follow Nigerian photographer Yagazie Emezi as she explores a new city, Nairobi, guided by Kenyan photographer Mutua Matheka.

Part 5: Shooting with Edward Echwalu

Follow Ugandan photographer Edward Echwalu as he adds to his longterm project on road safety in Nairobi, Kenya.

I try and approach people based on how I would want to approached personally by a photographer … I’m not expecting them to be a certain way until I interact with them and I actually have something factual to draw from them.
— Yagazie Emezi

Part 6: Documenting Your Community

Learn about the spread of The Everyday Projects and the importance of local storytelling from four photographers:

Tasneem Alsultan / Everyday Middle East
Orlando Barria / Everyday Latin America + Everyday Dominican Republic
Khaula Jamil / Everyday Asia
Rhynna Santos / Everyday Bronx

It’s really important for us to take charge of how we see ourselves, and in turn, how other people get to see us. And you can do it as simply as using a cell phone and taking a cell phone image.
— Rhynna M. Santos
When just a single story is going out of your country, you immediately feel as an artist, or as a photographer, or as a visual storyteller, it’s this responsibility whether you want it or not that’s on you to share a different side.
— Khaula Jamil

Part 7: Connecting Schools

Learn about an educational workshop we held that connected high school students from Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya and Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, USA. Students in both locations learned photography, shared it with each other, and even discussed their perceptions of each other. We hope this is a model for something you can do in your own classroom.

Many thanks to our partner  PhotoWings  for supporting the development of these videos

Many thanks to our partner PhotoWings for supporting the development of these videos