photography

 
Who does popular representations of albinism serve?
Who does popular representations of albinism serve?
People living with albinism have long been stigmatised and othered, and the subject of superstition.
The Portfolio: Bonile Bam
The Portfolio: Bonile Bam
When I got to Coffee Bay, in the former Transkei, in December 1999 to do a story on ulwaluko (initiation rites), I had just graduated from the...
Proclamation 73: Forgotten people returned to history
Proclamation 73: Forgotten people returned to history
Imagine being in your local museum, but the people represented on the walls don’t look like you.
‘On Photography’ revisited
‘On Photography’ revisited
In his song Emotionless, Drake says: “I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome/ Then she finally got to Rome/ And all she did was...
Wolfgang Tillmans brings Fragile to the Johannesburg Art Gallery
Wolfgang Tillmans brings Fragile to the Johannesburg Art Gallery
Euphony of visual poetics are the first words that come to mind as I meander through the Johannesburg Art Gallery, pushed and pulled by unframed...
What life without toilets looks like
What life without toilets looks like
One of the biggest issues at the intersection of sanitation, poverty and global health, open defecation has also long been one of the hardest to...
Radiant child: Jiyane captured in the dead of night
Radiant child: Jiyane captured in the dead of night
When I checked this image of you, dear Malcolm, a week or so ago, I was shaken out of my sleep. In my estimation, it is a soul-capturing act....
Beware the white gaze
Beware the white gaze
A woman stands before a bright turquoise wall. She clutches a sweet inside its wrapper, close to her chest. She is looking down, head tilted...
Casting history to his own Drum beat
Casting history to his own Drum beat
“I did some research about African photographers but it was rather dispiriting. It seemed there were none … Finally, I discovered that the...
Kgomotso Neto Tleane: Capturing the beauty of and in us
Kgomotso Neto Tleane: Capturing the beauty of and in us
Despite not appearing in them, Kgomotso Neto Tleane’s photographs are a form of self-portraiture. By trusting his self-taught eye, Tleane has...
Ranjith Kally, our unremembered reminder
Ranjith Kally, our unremembered reminder
I had forgotten how verdant Durban is: how lusciously green and warm it remains even in the winter. From the airport on the north coast, boundless...
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
How does a person place himself in the current South African discourse when he is young, white and male? As someone who ticks all three boxes, this...

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