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panAFRICA Project

Lou Jones | Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibi

Organization: Lou Jones Studio

Gobabis, Namibia
Near the Kalahari Desert, there is little flora. These people are gathering firewood which is a precious commodity.

The panAFRICAproject website offers a broad exploration of contemporary Africa centering around fine art and documentary images taken by Boston-based photographer Lou Jones. For too many years, the western world has been funneled images that depict the second largest continent in the world as one of constant conflict, widespread poverty, and rampant disease. It is the mission of the panAFRICAproject to shatter the stereotypes and highlight contemporary life in both the urban and rural regions of the 54 countries. Because, too often, peoplehave difficulty realizing the diversity in geography, economy, history, culture, civics, and daily life of its citizens that exists throughout the continent, Jones has travelled and photographed 14 countries in Africa, including Morocco to the north, Namibia to the south, Tanzania to the east, and Ghana to the west, and many more. The images are being used by various magazines, websites and galleries bothlocally and in Africa. The website is updated periodically as new countries are documented.

Lou Jones' eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies , international companies including Federal Express, Nike, Aetna, International Association of Ironworkers and KLM; completed assignments for magazines and publishers such as Time/Life, National Geographic, Fortune and Paris Match; covered thirteen summer and winter Olympic Games; done assignments in 60 countries; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row and pregnancy.

Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies, and museums such as the American Society of Media Photographers, Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. He helped found the school Center for Digital Imaging Arts of Boston University.

For his photography, Jones has been awarded many accolades from organizations like Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognized Jones as a "Legend Behind the Lens".

Jones has exhibited his eclectic imagery in colleges and schools such as Trinity College, Texas Tech University and Mount Ida College, and in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum, African American Museum in Philadelphia and Boston Athenaeum.

The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned Jones the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty. He has published numerous other books including Travel+Photography: Off the Charts and Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.

Currently Lou Jones has been documenting the entire continent of Africa with his ambitious panAFRICAproject currently funded through crowdsourcing & foundations.


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