On February 28, 2002, the race was on; nearly 100 of the world’s top photojournalists had 24 hours to document the entire continent of Africa (click on photo below). In this 24-hour journey, the photographers captured images that celebrated the incredible diversity of Africa's people, geography, and customs. Their assignments brought them from the teeming markets of Marrakesh to the windswept deserts of Namibia. They documented the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, a sultan’s court in Niger, the hip Lagos music scene, and the quiet dignity of a Zambian AIDS hospice. With access to homes, schools, and workplaces across the continent, they created a rich tapestry of African life as it is lived on one day.
The results of this epic photo shoot are now available in a 288-page book, titled A Day in the Life of Africa, the 14th book in the best-selling “Day in the Life…” series which includes New York Times bestsellers A Day in the Life of America and A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union. For the first time in the series, all publishing profits will go to charities supporting AIDS education programs in Africa.
The book includes 250 color and black and white photos; an introduction by Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations; and a foreword by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. To coincide with book publication, project underwriter Pfizer launched A Day in the Life of Africa photo exhibition at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on October 22, 2002. In addition, BMG released A Day in the Life of Africa music CD. A DVD documentary on the project is being created by @radical media.
The project was directed by Day in the Life veteran David Cohen of San Francisco, who has directed eleven titles in the series, and produced by Lee Liberman of Melbourne, Australia.
John Isaac, whose work appeared in the January and April 2002 issues of TheScreamOnline, was sent to Chad, and seven of his images are in the book. He shot with an Olympus E-20 and carried a Mac iBook, a Digital Wallet, and a power supply.
Click to go to the A Day in the Life of Africa website.