On a single day, millions of perspectives will come together for A Day in the World. May 15, 2012 marks the date on which people from around the globe will pick up their cameras and capture their lives. Professionals and amateur shutterbugs alike will contribute to the most comprehensive photographic documentation of daily life ever made—a global scope in a moment’s time. And just like that, the armchair traveler takes flight, gaining a better understanding of the world’s cultures with every turn of the page.
Tribal areas and urban sprawl, intimate portraits and riotous events, A Day in the World will capture the planet’s range in all its candor. Based on the philosophy that everyone’s life matters, there is no limit to this project’s reach—both behind and in front of the lens. Through an interactive website, participants will upload and tag their images, and then the best will be selected for publication in A Day in the World by an international jury. Ultimately paying tribute to the pervasive role photography now plays in all of our lives, the book aims to inspire tomorrow by picturing today.
A Day in the World launches alongside the movement Aday.org, a branch of the foundation Expressions of Humankind, supporting scientific research and education concerning the photographic image and the written word. The foundation’s council includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, singer/songwriter Robyn, and a host of other luminaries and advocates for the project.