About

False Bay and the Cape Peninsula

False Bay and the Cape Peninsula

 
 

I have worked in and around photography since finishing a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University back when film cameras were still used. In this time I have had writing and photography published nationally and internationally and I have been lucky enough to have exhibited my photography throughout South Africa as well as in Europe.

I currently live in Cape Town where I am employed by the Iziko South African Museum as a photographer and digitisation officer. My role is to oversee what is the biggest digitisation project undertaken by any South African museum. This project is focused on digitising the museum's entire collection of specimens which includes hundreds of thousands birds, insects, fossils and stuffed mammals.

I also lecture on a part time basis at the Orms Cape Town School of Photography. In the past three years I have been responsible for redeveloping and teaching courses on the Discourse of Photography, where I teach the students how to write and think academically about photography, and Documentary Photography, where I do my best to force my students to realise that there is a difference between photojournalism and documentary photography.

I've long believed that a good photographer doesn't necessarily need to know all there is to know about cameras or even photography but what they do need to know is how to uncode life in a way that their audience finds coherent and interesting. In this context I'm most interested in the ways that history focuses our present. Sometimes I explore this through the landscape, sometimes through portraiture and words and sometimes even through the structures that we create.

Selected Photographic Exhibitions

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

Eastern Cape Vignettes

Ron Belling Gallery

Port Elizabeth

2010

 

Forgotten Faces

Red Location Museum

Port Elizabeth

Permanent Exhibition

 

Ireland - How Extraordinarily Ordinary

Dom Muz Gallery

Torun, Poland

2005

 

Group Exhibitions

 

Home Truths: Domestic Interiors from South African Collections

Exhibited at Iziko South African National Gallery

2016

 

Photography and National Trauma in South Africa

Gallery University Stellenbosch

Part of the Cape Town Month of Photography

2014

 

Signs of Life

Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town

2014

 

Century of Dispossession 1913-2013

Centre for African Studies Gallery

University of Cape Town

2013

 

The Beehive

Exhibited at the Castle of Good Hope

Part of the South African Month of Photography

2012

 

Expressions 2012

Exhibited in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown

Part of the National Arts Festival

2012

 

Skin

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

2011

 

Curatorial and Research Work

 

C-Stunners & Black Mamba

Artist - Cyrus Kabiru

Exhibited at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town

2015

Role - Production Manager

In Search Of...

Artist - Musa N. Nxumalo

Exhibited at SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

2015

Role - Production Manager

Umhlaba 1913-2013 commemorating 100 years of the 1913 Land Act

Exhibited at the Iziko South African National Gallery

2013

Role - Researcher / Technical Assistant / Curatorial Assistant

 

Land Divided Conference

University of Cape Town

2013

Role - Presented a paper entitled, 'The camera, trauma and the landscape'

 

The Social Landscape

Market Photo Workshop

Role - Researcher