The images of Africa we see most often are horrible: young men in the throes of civil war, people racked by poverty, disease and indiscriminate famine.
There is no denying those realities, but in my travels to a continent that many view as terrible and troubled, I’ve seen more.
I’ve seen striking, soul-stirring images of stability, security and hope. I’ve seen families cleaving together, communities working for common good, and children with a precious innocence so often lost on the Western world.
Much can be learned from the simple lives led by people in the quiet, unnoticed places in the photographs from my eight trips to the continent.
Doral Chenoweth III, 51, joined the Columbus Dispatch in 1990 as a staff photographer. His photojournalism work has covered several social issues including the mortgage crisis, the stress of euthanizing cats on humane shelter workers, and the lack of affordable housing for low-income people. In 2009 he became a videographer for dispatch.com, the newspaper’s website.
In January 2011 he produced a video about Ted Williams, a homeless man with a golden radio voice. The video is the most popular video ever on dispatch.com and was viewed more than 144 million times on YouTube.
His photography has appeared in the New York Times and other American newspapers, The (London) Daily Mail, TIME magazine, USA Today, and even one small photograph in National Geographic.
Book credits include America 24/7, Ohio 24/7, The National Press Photographer’s Association Best of Photojournalism, and a book celebrating Habitat For Humanity’s 25th anniversary.
He and his wife Robin live in an old part of Columbus called Clintonville with their children, Cassandra, 17, and Kurtis, 14.