A Day in the Life of Africa—Photos From the New Book

National Geographic News
December 6, 2002

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On February 28, 2002, nearly 100 of the world's top photojournalists, representing 26 countries, participated in a historic, one-day documentary of the African continent. They trekked to 50 nations, from Cairo to the Cape of Good Hope, documenting the profound contrasts in geography, people, and customs on the continent. This tapestry of images is available in the new book A Day in the Life of Africa.

A Day in the Life of Africa is the 14th in a series of photo books that includes A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union and A Day in the Life of America.

The project was directed by Day in the Life veteran David Cohen of San Francisco, who directed ten other titles in the series, and produced by Lee Liberman of Australia. "When African countries are portrayed in the media, they are usually represented by images of famine and war," Cohen said. "We asked the photographers to show Africa as a place of hope."

Cohen and Liberman, who last teamed up eight years ago on A Day in the Life of Israel, dedicated their new book to raising awareness of Africa, and specifically the plight of a continent that has more than 25 million men, women, and children who are HIV-positive. All publishing profits of A Day in the Life of Africa will go to AIDS education programs in Africa.

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