Ollie Walker (1986) is a South African born photographer and videographer. His documentary approach involves human and fictional narratives predominantly based around his fascination for people, sonder and subculture. Exploring themes of identity, expression, ritual, culture, mental health and being. After living abroad for 16 years he has returned to his home country and is slowly rediscovering his own identity within the complex and multicultural space of Southern Africa.
Ram 1 (Ramone De Wet) - People Of The Promenade (2022)
Ram 1, a first generation South African B-Boy, stands for a portrait against a classic Cape Town sunset on the Seapoint Promenade. Part of an ongoing series titled People Of The Promenade. In the wake of the pandemic it’s become apparent how important public spaces are to us as individuals and to society as a whole. This is especially true for South Africans, given our segregated history. The Sea Point Promenade, once a whites-only public amenity, now thrives with all walks of life, celebrating the incredible change and progression our society has made.
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Nadia Ettwein (b.1984) is an South African lens based artist that lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work is a visual exploration and personal reflection on the essence of identity and abuse.
Nadia started taking photos with a point and shoot camera from around the age of 16. After school, she worked in Kodak labs, developing and printing fil before deciding to study graphic design eventually ending with a BSc degree in Information Science, she worked in the corporate field for many years. Mostly self taught, she realised her passion lies in photography and she left the corporate world to become a full-time artistic photographer. @nadia.inreallife
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TIANDI VAN NIEKERK
Slagveld van die Botterblomme , 2022
R3000 (594mm x 594mm)
Slagveld van die Botterblomme
Battleground of the Butter Flowers
The yellow field of Canola flowers becomes a metaphor for the dark side of social media. Alluring and initially without danger. The girl, the universal pray, where 10-16 year old’s identities are shattered and their innocence violated by cyber bullies, pornographic online syndicates and child trafficking.
Tiandi van Niekerk (b.1977) is based in Bellville, Cape Town. Her work is a reflection/interpretation of life seen through the intuitive(rather than intellectual) eyes of a romantic and a sceptic. Here she tries to find the equilibrium between these two opposing viewpoints. She works both in analogue/film and digital. And has a love-hate relationship with the latter. She is constantly exploring topics of mental health, our (dis)connection with nature (ocean, trees and flora), the streets(the suburbs we live in), the culture of the Afrikaner, identity and what it means to be human. Through camera obscura she is trying to make sense of it all. @projecttiandi
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Laurence Moorcroft is a photographer and creative director based in South Africa. His centre of interest is mainly portrait, fashion & lifestyle photography. Since 2014 he has embraced this medium as a much needed creative outlet and discovered his passion. By freezing time, documenting culture and translating a narrative through pixels; he intends to empower, inspire and portray personalities in their best light.
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When I think about my mom, a radio comes to mind. I recall rippling frequency of radios from the kitchen, lounge, and in my mom's car throughout my upbringing. I associate this portable silver radio with memories of living in my childhood home. A wise mentor illuminated the need for focus on practicing meditation, which has stayed in mind ever since our encounter. Mindful-eye diptych investigates the importance of interrelations of mind-body (in)sight. Mindful-eye images reflect a vital reminder of one's inner radio and the need to attune within. @eda.xem
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Francesca Hummler is a visual artist working with photography. She received her B.A. in Media Arts from the University of California at San Diego in 2019. She received a Master's in Photography with distinction from The Royal College of Art in London, England in 2022. Interested in issues regarding identity she draws from her experience as the daughter of German immigrants in the United States to explore familial intimacy and generational trauma. Heavily influenced by the concept of photo-therapy Francesca often utilizes self-portraiture to untangle her sense of self. Recently she has expanded her therapeutic practices to photograph people other than her family. Francesca was selected as one of the laureates of the 2021 Carte Blanche Étudiants award and displayed her work at Paris Photo. In 2022 she won the student Vonovia Award for Photography. Francesca was invited to be an artist in residence by the National Justice Museum in Nottingham, England for Spring 2023. Her work has been exhibited internationally and belongs to collections in the United States, England, Germany, Turkey, and France. @fransangle
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SIMPHIWE FUWE MOLEFE
Simphiwe Fuwe Molefe was born in KZN in 1990 but spent his childhood in Katlehong, where he currently resides. In late 2019, he joined Of Soul And Joy, where he was introduced to photography-based documentary and storytelling. He participated in a collective show (Uhambo) that OSJ held at the Umhlabathi gallery in 2023. His project "Dikarabo" was featured alongside nine other South African photographers in a book celebrating the of soul and joy tenth anniversary. Currently enrolled in an advanced photography program at
Market Photo Workshop.
hlanganisa makasana (2023)
Price: R6 500
Staying in townships teaches you many things, one of which is being street smart entails knowing how to protect yourself from strangers while alone or with others particularly at night. Hlanganisa, which simply means "to assemble or bring together," is a commonly used word in townships due to the lifestyle that requires one to always be making something in order to keep going and provide for one's family. Not everyone views the arrival of night as an opportunity to relax the body but rather as a time to earn money by offering services that fit the kasi night lifestyle. The intention of this image is to preserve memories, inspire, share, and cherish my origin story while relating with others through photography.
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Not for sale
Janet met her boyfriend through her job. She works for a company that senior citizens can call for assistance in transportation across town. The first time she met him, he left a good impression on her. When she dropped him off she knew the only way to see him again was to be the first employee to respond to his transportation requests. She waited by her computer, rushing to be the first to accept his requests. Eventually this paid off as their fondness for one another grew with each drive.
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Godmother In Kofifi, 2023
A portrait of my friend Sive, the Godmother who's an Artist and Stylist. Godmother's style identity is influenced by the oldschool pantsula style which originates in Sophiatown. The portrait was made at Dr Xuma's house in Sophiatown in 2023 under the theme 'Gathering The Ghosts'
Monde Mzilem is a photographer, born in Katlehong 1999 - and raised in Vosloorus. He started his photography journey in 2016 using a cellphone. He then went on to acquire professional training at Market Photo Workshop, completing the Foundation and Intermediate Courses between 2018 and 2019. Mzilem's work looks to documenting his experiences, the people around him himself and preserve them for the future.
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The Unseen Perception (2022)
1/10 + 2AP
Through my work I aim to highlight the complexity and diversity of black experiences with wealth and success. I examine the paradoxical relationship between economic prosperity and the isolation it can bring. While wealth can be empowering, it can also breed a sense of alienation and detachment from one’s cultural roots and community.
Bulelani Mlalazi is a contemporary photographer bases in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently studies at Through The Lens Collective. With a keen eye for detail Bulelani’s work seeks to question traditional boundaries and conventional photography. Bulelani’s work explores the themes of identity belonging and social issues, drawing inspiration from diverse communities in Johannesburg.
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Alex is a trained photojournalist who started her passion for photography in the darkroom. She worked documenting for NGO's, while simultaneously building her knowledge in the fine art world. In 2014, she first exhibited her collection of abstract and travel documentary fine art works. Since the birth of her first daughter in 2017, her heart made the natural transition to the documentation of family, birth and motherhood. A space in which her love for photojournalism and fine art have been able to merge.@alex.serafini.photography
Kids do not want to be directed or placed in a shot. This lack of control forces one to see the beauty in their surroundings and use what elements you've been given to work with. Photographing my daughter, Bay, has been one of my biggest lessons in being patient, keeping my eye sharp in creating a shot.
"MORE THAN" (2020)
Part of a series of double exposures of my own family, this image was shot during our first national lockdown in early 2020. The project was set with two other South African family photographers, with hope to ignite inspiration and educate in a time when most were feeling creatively blocked.
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Palesa N Nkone (b.1994) is a published visual and literary artist born and raised eGqeberha, now based in Emalahleni, South Africa. Her work is meditative and lives in the empty spaces between reality and fiction. Looking at her artwork, you are standing behind her pensive eyes, watching the world go by. Guided by her mind's eye, she uses her voice with such freedom and fluidity to tell stories rooted in exploring the many faces of uNkulunkulu (God1) and the beauty and insanity of being a Ntsundu spirit wading through the world. She dedicates her work to spirit, stillness, and her mother. @palesa_nkone
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Sophie is a documentary lifestyle photographer living and working in South Africa. She looks for the sweet spot between storytelling and art, bearing witness to the intimate connections between people - mothers and children, families and lovers - in a way that celebrates these intimate moments by elevating them to feel like art. Her work is informed by the years that she spent at home with her young children, learning to find beauty in the every day and create images that are less about styling, and technical perfection, and more about making the viewer feel deeply. @what.sophie.saw
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Thapelo Khoarai is a contemporary photographer with the love for fashion photography and portraiture. My body of work reflects emotion and a journey in life. Am inspired by a generation that strives to live a mark. @thapelokhoarai
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Khanya Zibaya is a multidisciplinary artist. Born in the Eastern Cape, Mount Fletcher raised in a small village called Sikote. His
work about the abuse of black bodies and questions of freedom the possibilities of black existing freely while black or thereʼs if there is a
turning of white for acceptance and real freedom. @my_actingcanvas
Ikhompi, (2023) Edition: 1/7 x 2 AP Photographic Print Archival Paper 29.7 x 42 R10 000
IKhompi is a process done mostly by black females either in the townships or rural areas. In this process they apply calamine lotion, home remedies or recommend lotion on their faces. Depending on how long they decide to do this for they wake every morning they apply the calamine lotion keep it on for the rest of the day, sleep with it wash it in the morning and reapply it again. The process can last a week or a month the person stays indoors for the entire process they can not be around the sun or any place with heat
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The art of survival, the selling of second hand tires, 2021
Price: R4000 A4
This is documentary series based on the selling of second hand tyres. Mr Sibsi is a local nancefield dweller who refurbishes second hand tyres and sells them for a profit, that's how he is able to survive the huge unemployment rate in the country and support himself and his family.
Broken villages is a duo collaborative project aimed at storytelling by two individuals named Gugulethu Ndlalani (creative director) and Mpumelelo Buthelezi (visual director).
They reside in a significant historic town called Soweto, they communicate the story of Africa to the world.
The project focuses on three chapters namely, the art of fashion, the art of survival and the art of transportation, they don’t change perspective but allow people to draw their own narrative through
what they see in their visuals. @brokenvillages
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Change Please, 2022
Price: R1500 A4
André is a public health medicine physician and visual artist. His transdisciplinary art practice interrogates inequality in society; explores how urban spaces are utilised, affect and influence peoples’ lives; and our connectedness to the soil. He weaves his visual art creativity with his scientific public health training to comment on pertinent contemporary public health issues. His interest and imagination are captured by the underbelly of society
and its citizens at the fringe. His imagery disrupts the sublime narrative of photography and seeks to capture how light etches the marks of society onto the photograph. He allows the
images to narrate a story that invites the viewer into a paradoxically uncomfortable serene space.@yellow_pens
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Mónica e Simone (2022) Not for sale
In 2022 the three of us went to Tenerife, rented an autocaravan and spent some days traveling.
After a rainy night in the North of Tenerife in Montañas Negras. Once we stepped out of the van, there was this amazing crispy cold light that made our surroundings even more beautiful, so I really had to take this picture.
In 2013 Attended the Dramatic Expression course at Chapitô, Lisboa
He is co-founder of the collective Gmurda, which develops its artistic practice around video and performance, since 2012.
In 2014 he participated in the artistic residency Som e Ruína, with the collective Gmurda, in the South and Center of Portugal
In 2019, he participated in the artistic residency Catchupa Factuary in Cape Verde
In 2020 he attended the Master in artistic photography at the Institute of Cultural Production and Image, Porto
In 2021, he participated in the artistic residency “From a Distance Calling” at Hangar, Centro de Investigação Artística. Lisbon
In 2022, he attended the initiation course to cinema in 16mm, taught by the cultural cooperative Rua Escura, Porto.
His most recent work includes participation in the group exhibitions “Unearting Memories”- Porto 2019 / “Portrait Show”-
Johannesburg 2020 / “Family Maters”- Maputo 2020 / “Dissident Planets” online exhibition 2020 / “No Work” Porto 2021 /
“Our (Spatial) Stories Live In Performative Futures” - Lisbon 2022 / “Intimate to political: a collective avatar”_ Coletivo
InterStruct - Porto 2022 / “Drifts and Creatures — New acquisitions from the Municipal Art Collection” - Porto 2023
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The So Called OG, 2022
Not for sale
The 'So Called OG' is a self portrait I made of myself in my bedroom. The title derives from my name which is (OG)orogile, and most times I am called OG. Therefore the image is referencing the acronym OG is which is a slang word for 'Original Gangster'. I am not a gangster by the way, the portrait is just a mere interpretation of 'OG' and the connotations associated with it, also covering my face was a way of placing emphasis on this 'So Called OG' person... Which is somehow me but somehow a projection of people's ideas associated with the slang term.
Ogorogile Nong (b.1999) is a South African Visual Artist from Protea Glen located in Soweto.
In 2020 Nong completed his Foundation Course at the Market Photo Workshop and continued on to complete the Intermediate Course during the year (2021). Nong went to complete his
Advanced photography course at Through the Lens collective (2022) where he developed his body of work centered around global warming. Nong was also Part of “The Nature Of
Photography '' group exhibition that took place early (2022) at Through the Lens collective. Later in the year (2022) he was one of the participants selected to take part in the (EU)
European Union Notions for home, Identity and belonging mentorship working alongside other artists to develop work centered around the theme of xenophobia.
In March (2023) he got the opportunity to be part of the Eco-Cultural Justice project at constitutional hill consisting of intensive creative entrepreneurship and biodiversity workshops
- the project resulted in a collaborative mural for the renovation of the Transwerke studios front wall. Mid April 2023 an exhibition took place at the Javett Art Centre in the University of Pretoria, as a result of the Notions of home, identity and belonging mentorship funded by the European Union, getting the chance to be part of a group exhibit, showcasing work he created in the process of the mentorship speaking to this idea of ‘othering’ whilst addressing some ofhis own perceptions and misconceptions around identity and belonging. @father_afrique
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Back Home, 2022
Price: R3800 A3
In this new body of work (tentatively called Back Home), I am working with women in their 20s, photographing them in a vibrant and surreal way within the family home.
Working in collaboration with the subject, I am attempting to create a domestic inventory with these young women within the interiors of their parents’ homes. This inventory may or may not be psychologically loaded, depending on the development of the collaborative project with special emphasis on input from the sitter. Over and above the collaborative nature of this series, my artistic strategy is one of experimentation and practical application to refine and develop each concept.
Julie Aarts (b. 1995, Johannesburg, South Africa) is a photographer, who works in this medium because she finds that it is a great tool to conceptualise and understand her experiences of the world around her best.@julieeaarts
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The Feather Queen
Unique edition A4
The Feather Queen is part of a portrait series with actress/model/friend Jasmine Hazy. The series focuses on her connection her pet birds - a bond and love that is as endearing as it is surreal.
Marnus Strydom (b. 1987) is a visual artist and photographer based in Johannesburg, South
Africa. Known to blend his love for genre cinema with analogue photography, Strydom builds worlds inside the frame, blurring the lines realism and surrealism. Strydom started his creative
career in the music and event industry and still draws influence from album covers and music editorial shoots. Later he pursued a career in the contemporary art industry where he still works
as a consultant. Strydom also works in the film industry. He has exhibited at numerous galleries in Johannesburg, South Africa in both focused and group shows.
Star Dust Woman
Unique Edition: 29.7 cm x29.7 cm
Star Dust Woman is part of the series, Tarot Planet. Tarot Planet is the personal sequel to Strydom and painter Koos van der Wat’s two man 2022 exhibition, AFRIKA 3000, in which Strydom further explores the absurdity of the impending future in a series of intimate portraits.
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Lupus Non Mordet Lupum, 2019
Jacques Smit is a South African photographer and musician based with my family in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Website - pursuethewolf
Instagram - @pursuethewolf
Bandcamp - mouthofwolf
My mother was born in the Overberg town of Caledon, South Africa in 1953. She was the only girl in her last year of high school in Riviersonderend where her nickname was 'White Rat'. At 19, she married my father, giving up her teacher training at Stellenbosch University, the bastion of Calvinist Afrikaner Nationalism. Once a talented potter and equestrian, a debilitating concussion pushed my mother's health firmly to the brink.
Today, at 69, she battles the physical and psychological effects of Lupus, an autoimmune disease causing the body to attack its own organs. When first encountered in the 13th century, it was thought the accompanying facial lesions, spread across the cheeks like the wings of a Lepidoptera [butterfly or moth], resembled the bite marks of a wolf. Difficult to treat, its exact cause remains unknown.
As the father of two daughters, who refer to me by my nickname 'Wolf', I am only lately beginning to comprehend her sacrifice, dependence, bitterness, doubt, regeneration, and relentless spiritual pursuit as a partner, mother, grandparent, and most ultimately, a woman.
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