Peter DiCampo (eng)

What Went Wrong ? Perspectives on Failed Aid

Foreign aid is not working. Estimates of the aid money sent to Africa since the 1940’s reach as high as a staggering $1 trillion, yet a growing number of prominent economists argue that it has not made a significant positive impact. This collaborative project will ask the viewer to rethink Western notions of Africa.

My photography will document the remains of failed aid projects across Ghana, where I previously lived as a volunteer – this work will be paired with found family photographs from contacts living around each failed aid item, creating a visual narrative of Africa that includes local perspectives rather than the gaze of the foreign photojournalist.

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Portrait Peter DiCampoPeter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. He is a co-founder of Everyday Africa, a shared social media project focused on daily-life images from across the continent, with a following of 80,000 on Instagram and numerous international publications. His Life Without Lights project on global energy poverty has exhibited in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Lagos, and Hannover (Germany).

In addition to other awards, he was selected to participate in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in 2013 and was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2012.