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While the core purpose behind "Why?" is to introduce you to artists you need to know, it's evolved into so much more. The featured artists haven't just shared their backstories, but also their passion for imaging, people, and with today's guest, his humanitarian quest to use his skills as a photographer to tell share the backstories of an entire continent.
Lou Jones is in the "Why?" spotlight today. He's an artist, writer, educator and humanitarian who's taken on an incredible task, documenting the private side of one country after another in Africa. It's the side that doesn't make it into the news, but reflects the spirit of the people.
To see more of Lou's work click on the image above and link to his website. And, to find out more about Lou's panAFRICAproject click on the thumbnail to the right.
Part of Lou's image statement describes the project best:
"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."
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.