While working in the Middle East and North Africa I'm often struck by how much attention is paid by the western mainstream media to the worst cases or most extreme minorities, and conversly, how little attention and imagery are devoted to the middle-ground majority experience. I wonder what our image of Canada and America would be like if we covered places close to home the same way we cover places that are far away (probably something like this).
For this reason, I'm excited to introduce the launch of a new project: Everyday Middle East. The project is an Instagram feed by photographers working in the Middle East and North Africa. By displaying mobile phone images from our day-to-day lives we hope to work against the stereotypes and visual tropes that are so prevalent about the region in the mainstream media.
Current @everydaymiddleeast contributors are: Dalia Khammissy, Bryan Denton, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura El Tantawy, Wissam Nassar, Tanya Habjouqa, Silvia Razgova, Newsha Tavakolian, Christina Rizk, Kiana Hayeri, Ed Ou, Iman Aldabbagh, Alex Kay Potter, Laura Boushnak, Samuel Aranda and myself.
We're inspired by @everydayafrica - a project conceived by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill.
Find us on Instagram at @everydaymiddleeast, or follow us on Facebook.