Benefit Auction for John Liebenberg Hip Operation

John Liebenberg’s photography of the apartheid “border wars” in Namibia and Angola is a profound documentation of a period of history. He often ignored the sensorship bans of the apartheid regime and revealed the wars for what they were. A senior photographer now, still plying his trade, John has needed a hip replacement operation for … Read More

Photography and Democracy

I have recently had some interaction with Johannesburg based Swedish photographer, Eva-Lotta Jansson who is undertaking a valuable project to capture the history of how important photography was for South Africa’s transition to democracy. PhotographyAndDemocracy.com is the output from the project that is only part way through. Eva-Lotta has begun to interview leading photographers in South … Read More

2011 World Press Photo Exhibition makes last stop in Cape Town

When World Press Photo project manager Jurre Janssen started talking to me at the World Press Photo Awards days in Amsterdam in May last year about bringing the World Press Photo exhibition to South Africa I was keen to help. After all South Africa had taken the top prize! Jodi Bieber had won the World … Read More

South African Photographers at Victoria & Albert, London

I was in London at the end of June last year – actually on a sabbatical after 11 years of running Africa Media Online! I got to look after our children as Rosanne went off to CEPIC congress in Istanbul. The three children and I had a ball visiting all those lovely museums and parks. … Read More

Jodi Bieber Appeals to International Community in Tears for Anton Hammerl

I witnessed Jodi Bieber became emotional during her acceptance speech of the World Press Photo of the Year Award as she appealed to the international community and the press to press for the release of South African photographer Anton Hammerl being held in captivity some. The award ceremony was held at the prestigious Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam, … Read More

Jodi Bieber presents at World Press Photo Awards Days

Jodi Bieber was the last to present her work last night before we all went off for the official launch of the 2011 World Press Photo exhibition at Die Oude Kerk. She presented her work on Challenging Stereotypes and on Soweto. She also discussed her award winning picture of Bibi Aisha a young woman from … Read More

South African Photographer presents at World Press Photo Awards

I am in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the World Press Photo Awards Days. It was a pleasure to see South African photographer, Mike Hutchings present a portfolio. He won first prize in the Sports Singles category for this image. Each of the award winners gets to present some of their work. Mike was one of the … Read More

African Photographer Wins 2011 World Press Photo of the Year Award

South African Photographer, Jodi Bieber has won the grand prize in the 2011 World Press Photo Awards, the World Press Photo of the year. Jodi’s winning picture was from a series of images on the plight of women of Afghanistan and shows Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to … Read More

Joop Swart Masterclass

Nominations for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass 2011 are due in this coming Monday on February 14. The Joop Swart Masterclass is run annually by World Press Photo for exceptional emerging photographers. The 17th Joop Swart Masterclass was held last November and South African photographer, former participant of Joop Swart Masterclass and multiple World … Read More

Building an Archive that will Last: Interpolation

Above: Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein: In the rush and glitz of Christmas it is easy to forget the child born into poverty in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago who, without an army or any political, community or religious position, has impacted centuries of history and billions of lives Welcome to the third edition of the Digital … Read More