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Oupa Nkosi

Oupa Nkosi

Oupa Nkosi began taking photos in 1998 with a pawnshop camera, before enrolling at the Market Photography Workshop. He began freelancing after graduating and has since run community projects, won a Bonani Africa award, had his work selected for exhibitions in Zimbabwe and Japan, and been invited to international workshops. He began at the M&G as an intern and is now chief photographer. He also writes features for the paper and lectures at his alma mater.
    Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
    Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
    Ben Okri was once asked how poetry could help us in troubled times. His answer was: “Poetry goes straight to the truth of things, with extraordinary gravity, with great rhythmic beauty. So it moves the heart as well as the mind at the same time.”...
    Remembering David Koloane
    Remembering David Koloane
    After spending his forty year-long career carving out a space for black artists in the global art world, 81 year-old Dr. David Koloane died at his...
    ANC’s biggest Gauteng losses were wards in the heart of Soweto
    ANC’s biggest Gauteng losses were wards in the heart of Soweto
    Tshililo Mowali sits on the corner of Twala and Zondi streets in Zola, Soweto. You’ll find him and his business partner, Jabulani Nkabinde, at...
    The Portfolio: Oupa Nkosi
    The Portfolio: Oupa Nkosi
    I seldom use a flashlight. I enjoy taking photographs using natural light, something I feel I have become better at through much trial and error....
    Blackness has a history of assets
    Blackness has a history of assets
    “We’ve got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough.” — Jack Johnson
    Behind the photo
    Behind the photo
    At artist Thokozani Mthiyane’s U-shaped flat in Doornfontein, I was overwhelmed by his space, his artworks everywhere and how the light was...
    Slice of life: God turned my Uno into a Kombi
    Slice of life: God turned my Uno into a Kombi
    On December 21, I will be turning 59. I was employed, but the company was not doing well. I started baking cookies at home and sold them at work...
    When love conquers
    When love conquers
    Rusty Bell is a beautiful story about love. It’s a story about a very successful and powerful lawyer, Michael aka Sir Marvin —...
    Slice of Life: Title does the deed
    Slice of Life: Title does the deed
    I feel very good now that I got my title deed [last week]. Eish. I can’t express how I feel – I’m overwhelmed. Even my granny never got a...
    Eldorado Park was built on dreams, many of them shattered by government ineptitude
    Eldorado Park was built on dreams, many of them shattered by government ineptitude
    Diabetic Tessa-Ann MacFarlane (49) had her right leg amputated below the knee. Her struggle is compounded by a swollen tummy and profuse sweating,...
    Tshwane residents speak: Jobs, grants pivotal to political race
    Tshwane residents speak: Jobs, grants pivotal to political race
    People claiming to be ANC members took to the streets of Tshwane this week to vent their frustration at the ruling party’s decision on party...
    Horseman: The stuff of legends
    Horseman: The stuff of legends
    As a child, Enos Mafokate would break off branches, spend hours painstakingly sanding them down, and then use them as make-believe “horses” to...