In this ongoing body of work paying homage to the so-called ‘King of Kitsch’, Niklas Zimmer contemporises the iconic imagery of Vladimir Tretchikoff by re-interpreting his paintings as elegantly stylized photographs. Engaging with Tretchikoff’s distinctive aesthetic motifs, Zimmer breathes new life into the work of one of South Africa’s most renowned artists with a series of meticulously considered and visually breathtaking photographs that transpose the spirit of the painter into the realm of photography…
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A member of the "Bang Bang Club" of fearless photojournalists who covered political violence before South Africa's 1994 elections - and a subject of a recently released film - Silva stepped on an antipersonnel mine while on patrol with US soldiers near the war-torn city of Kandahar.
While waiting to be evacuated, Silva continued photographing the scene of the explosion. Read full story
"Binyanvanga Wainaina’s essay How to Write About Africa remains one of the most powerfully insightful criticism and accusation of the continued dehumanization and oppression of Africa and Africans that continues in modern day language, photography, fine art, literature, poetry and the stultifying and lobotomizing rhetoric of so-called aid organizations and their employees.
It was an essay that stopped me in my tracks and forever changed the way I looked at Africa as a photographer and as a viewer of photography from the continent. It was also the essay that led me to search out more interesting, complex and human works from and about that continent. This search led me to such wonderful works as that by Steve Simon’s The Grandmother Spirit - a project that will, as Steve describes it, ‘…illuminate the determination, strength, resiliency and inspiration of The African Grandmother – the heart, soul and hands of response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic there" READ MORE . In Musings On Confusions, Photography, The Daily Discussion
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of photography is desirable for those wishing to enrol in the PDP, which combines theory and practice.