• Everyday Middle East: Looking back at our first year

    The Instagram feed @everydaymiddleeast that I started up and manage is now a year old. And what a year it's been! We've grown to include 25 contributing photographers from across the region who've posted more than 700 photos on Instagram. We've attracted more than 55,000 followers on Instagram, where we've seen more than 400,000 'interactions' (likes, comments, etc). Our Facebook page has more than 18,000 followers. We've also just launched our Twitter feed.

    Offline, we participated in two exhibitions - one together with the other 'Everyday' projects, curated by Instagram itself at Photoville in New York City in September 2014. The other was a solo exhibition for Everyday Middle East at the Gulf Photo Plus Gallery in Dubai in Jan/Feb 2015. In Dubai we also brought together five contributing photographers for a presentation about the project.

    Here are some links to publication highlights for Everyday Middle East and the rest of the Everyday projects from the past year:

     What's next? We have a special exibition planned as part of the Middle East Now Festival in Florence (April 8 - 13, 2015). Next month we'll put out a call for new contributors in order to broaden and diversify the perspectives you see on the feed. And we're working together with the other Everyday Projects to start up an NGO, after which we hope to participate in an education initiative started up by Everyday Africa that's already seen some success. Finally, we're starting to look for funding to be able to put cameras in the hands of people across the region who might not otherwise have access to them. If you want to be involved in some way, feel free to get in touch at everydaymiddleeast at gmail dot com.