panAFRICAproject: Lou Jones is redefining the Modern Image of Africa
On MyWeku Tastes we continue to build a central web portal where the most notable African photographers are showcased. These are not just African photographers at the peak of their creative powers, but photographers who strongly believe in showing the Africa you never see unless you know where to look.
It is heartening that Lou Jones a Boston-based African American photographer whose career has so far centred heavily on photojournalism covering Central America to sports photography documenting 12 consecutive Olympics is in the process of creating a Pan African Photo projects to show the world the real Africa.
Lou Jones’ project is described as follows:
The panAFRICAproject mission is varied: to create a photographic portrait true to the multi-faceted identity of Africa, as one continent and also as 54 individual countries, to provide an ongoing and up-to-date visual ‘scrapbook’ of Africa at the beginning of the 21st century, celebrating its progress, development, human potential, and enormous contributions to the world, to fill the desperate need for comprehensive imagery that will communicate the complexity of Africa to economic, political, academic, and cultural institutions, to disseminate these images using both traditional and accelerated technologies for communication, to deconstruct the stereotypes created by slanted Western media by conducting an in-depth investigation of the African experience, to make photography a major fulcrum of dialogue and communication for all African points of view.