Category Archives: Penetrating mainstream spaces

2015 Feb. 25: Self Portrait of the visual activist

Camera used:  iPhone 5S Location: Foreign Ministry office, Oslo. Norway. “The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with form, but with time”. – John Berger (Understanding a Photograph)        

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2015 Feb. 10: “I love you my Mom”

by Thuli Mchunu Firstly, I would like to congratulate the team that made the Faces and Phases 2006-14 photobook come alive. When I laid my hands on the book my eyes were itching to read it, but unfortunately I was socializing with … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 7: My eight weeks at Market Photo Workshop doing FC

by Smanga Shange Being at Market Photo Workshop was the best thing that ever happened to me, not only did I learnt about photography, I also found myself a new family – my classmates, my first real contacts in the … Continue reading

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2014 Sept. 28: An emotional farewell for the recent victim of hate crime

Text by Lerato Dumse Photos by Lindeka Qampi and Zanele Muholi   It is a Sunday morning and like in most townships, the streets of Daveyton township are a buzz of activity. Many carry bibles, making their way to different churches. In … Continue reading

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2014 Aug.1: InterGenerational conversation with current and future stars

by Lerato Dumse Seizing opportunities was the central message shared with more than 15 teenage girls at Aurora Girls High School, in Soweto on 1st August 2014. The girls are part of the Siyafundisana Photo XP, a photography training project founded … Continue reading

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2014 July 12: From Soweto to Paris for the love of photography

  Teaching photography to young women at Aurora Girls High school with my 3 collaborators/ facilitators: Lindeka Qampi (SA photographer and activist), Linda Mankazana (SA educator and activist) and Valerie Thomas (French physician and activist). We started the visual project … Continue reading

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2014 June 23: The lovely couple on vacation in Cape Town

© Photos by Charmain Carrol 2014/06/07 – 09   Previous article 2014 June 10: The Ndlela’s are still committed to love          Their s2013 Wedding photos are on the link below 2013 June 15: The Durban Lesbian Wedding … Continue reading

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