Mission Statement


The mission of panAFRICAproject is to create a contemporary, visual portrait of modern Africa. Using photography and heretofore unavailable technologies, panAFRICAproject will establish a repository of images that represents each of the 54 individual countries devoid of the preconceived, western notions of distress: conflict, pestilence and poverty, i.e. violence tourism. We intend to accurately document the highlights and inner workings of the most progressive twenty-first century continent.

By enlisting input from local leaders, knowledgeable natives, and the working citizenry, we will seek out the characteristics that make each country, region, community, and tribe unique. With emphasis on cultural identity, industrial progress, educational advances, medical practices, high tech sophistication, and indigenous traditions, we will always allow internal interests to inform our coverage. Although there is no intention to avoid the problems when and where they are prevalent or avoid the important tourist cliches, our impetus is to place a mirror up to the current human condition and celebrate life as it is for those living it, and all the love and innovation and balance and ordinary spirit.

In photography terms, our project will apply a long shutter speed to gain access to tradition and new initiatives, and use a wide aperture to increase exposure of examples of the diverse spectrum of activities. This horizontal and vertical investigation will justify an intense amount of time in each location.

Lou Jones Photography,   44 Breed Street,   Boston,   MA 02128,   fotojones.com,   fotojones@aol.com