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 is a 2015 Photography, Expanded Fellow (a joint initiative of The Magnum Foundation and The Brown Institute for Media Innovation), a grantee of the 2015 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and the 2014 Photoreporter Festival en Baie de Saint-Brieuc; was selected to participate in the 2013 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass; and was named one of the 2012 PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch. He has received three grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and additional awards from POYi, The Photocati Fund, The British Journal of Photography IPA, and Magenta Foundation Flash Forward. His acclaimed Life Without Lights project on global energy poverty has exhibited in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Hannover (Germany), and Lagos.
Peter is co-creator of Everyday Africa, a project focused on daily-life images from across the continent to refute the stereotypical media image of Africa. Shot entirely on smartphones, Everyday Africa has over 275,000 followers on Instagram and has been featured by National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek (Japan), Bloomberg Businessweek, and Around the World with Christiane Amanpour on ABC News, among others.
Additionally, Peter’s photography and multimedia work have been published by TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, GEO, Foreign Policy Magazine, Mother Jones, Wired, Al Jazeera America, Internazionale, Good Magazine, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and The Boston Globe, among many others. His NGO clients include Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Human Rights Watch, International Committee of the Red Cross, Save The Children, Oxfam, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Carter Center, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Peter holds a BS in Journalism from Boston University, and he was a member of the VII Mentor Program from 2010-2012.