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Paul Botes

Paul Botes

Paul Botes is the Mail & Guardian's picture editor. He has won numerous awards for his work and is passionate about ensuring that a new generation of visual storytellers emerges. He contributes to programmes run by the Market Photo Workshop and regularly works with interns. He is working on a long-term project exploring the aftermath of Marikana, which will culminate in a book, exhibition and interactive virtual reality memorial.
    The bakkie that made me ‘that guy’
    The bakkie that made me ‘that guy’
    I don’t want to like this car; I’m trying hard not to be “that guy”.This is made much more difficult when I get a “Cool!” from Finn, my...
    Intimate images from an activist photographer
    Intimate images from an activist photographer
    Omar Badsha may never get the same recognition that many of our struggle and documentary photographers have. He has always been too much of an...
    2017: The year in pictures
    2017: The year in pictures
    Exclusion: Mary Segwegwe...
    The blame game: A Marikana special report
    The blame game: A Marikana special report
    On August 16 2012 the South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West....
    Shooting the struggle
    Shooting the struggle
    JUNE 16 by Peter Magubane 
    Roger Ballen: Housed in his mind's recess
    Roger Ballen: Housed in his mind's recess
    ‘We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds.” This fantastic quote from Franz Kafka appears in the beginning of Roger...
    In the shadows of Roger Ballen's mind
    In the shadows of Roger Ballen's mind
    Roger Ballen is an intense guy. He does not do...
    Porous border is smugglers' paradise
    Porous border is smugglers' paradise
    'It is boring sitting in an office," says Captain Hamilton Madona as he steers his army bakkie along a pitted military road north of Musina, a...
    Where 'funny things' happen
    Where 'funny things' happen
    I was more than a bit confused: there were hardly any bakkies and I didn't see any huge khaki-clad guys with equally massive revolvers. Instead I...
    A long, hard wait
    A long, hard wait
    Before the 2004 elections the Mail & Guardian visited the Mayixhale family in a village outside Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape.
    In search of MaMbeki
    In search of MaMbeki
    Mandy Rossouw and photographer Paul Botes went looking for Thabo Mbeki's mother in Idutywa and came away feeling there's only one Cope supporter in town...