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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.
    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...
    Malick Sidibé was an inspirational genius
    Malick Sidibé was an inspirational genius
    I’ve always admired Malick Sidibé’s work. Those black-and-white portraits of young Malians he shot in the 1960s and 1970s made me feel proud....
    Xenophobia: 'They know they can kill us and we can't do a thing'
    Xenophobia: 'They know they can kill us and we can't do a thing'
    Since the police and the army started Operation Fiela shortly after the xenophobic attacks a month ago, more than 1?650 foreigners have been...
    My teenage daughter, the selfie junkie
    My teenage daughter, the selfie junkie
    "Knock, knock." "Who's there?"
    What it's like to be young, black and in the middle
    What it's like to be young, black and in the middle
    While poverty remains the reality for most black South Africans by far, economists say those numbers are going down, and the black middle class is on...
    Why can't I prove my child exists?
    Why can't I prove my child exists?
    I still can't believe it. I have not come to terms with the fact that she does not have a birth certificate. That piece of paper that will recognise...