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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Photographs of Thabiso Sekgala

There is one photograph (above) of the late Thabiso Sekgala’s that always reminds me of home. It is of lavender jacarandas lining a country road, paling a little from the weak winter sun. The haze of purple is just past its prime, and the blossoms’ fresh hopes are waning. Perhaps there’s a frost on them. Squat

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

My Favorite Photographs N°17: Thina Zibi

The “My favorite photographs” series is back with South African photographer/art director Thina Zibi. Born in Cape Town and now residing in Johannesburg, Thina Zibi is at the vanguard of visual artists documenting creative youth culture in...

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Gideon Mendel’s photographs of people affected by flooding

South African photographer Gideon Mendel is best known for his work on HIV/AIDS in the monograph “A Broken Landscape” (2001) and in projects with big-name NGOs. He is a six-time winner of the World Press Photo Award...

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Sartorialist goes to Johannesburg, and likes what he sees

Scott Schuman, better known for his blog The Sartorialist and as a street style photographer, took some heat after accepting an invitation to Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg and being underwhelmed by what he saw. Instead he...

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

White Wedding

UPDATED: The internets have been rightly outraged at a white couple, “Dave and Chantal,” who decided on a “colonial” (and Apartheid) theme at their wedding in South Africa complete with an all-black wait staff in red fezzes....

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hélène Amouzou

Hélène Amouzou was born in Togo but has been living and working in Brussels for a while now. Some years ago, she took up photography. The results are self-portraits taken “mostly in her attic”.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

THEY JUST STOOD THERE WITH NO CLOTHES ON

It’s okay to show photographs of black men in their underwear with the implication that they are criminal. That they live in a single sex men’s hostel built under Apartheid for black migrant workers, has a much...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

BEATING UP POLITICIANS

OK My Club, an invention of Chinese artist Xu Zhen exists to  “beat up” political figures such as US President George W. Bush, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  The work...