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David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
David Goldblatt receives his
Honorary Doctorate

Langa Opening
Peter Magubane, Anele Ngoko
and Geoff Grundlingh in the
new darkroom

Langa Opening
The Umlillo Photographers
and Peter Magubane

Thembe Hadebe
Inferno
Thembe Hadebe
Breaking Point, JHB,
South Africa, 1998
Associated Press

Yungi Kim
Paradiso
Yungi Kim
Children, Rwanda 1994
Contact Press Images

Ricardo Rangel
Inferno
Ricardo Rangel
Untitled, Maputo, Mozambique

Karina Turok
Karina Turok
Khayelitsh 1999

Thobile Nompunga
Thobile Nompunga
Tornado #3 1999

2002 Month of Photography Festival
14 March - 15 April

The second Cape Town Month of Photography festival opens officially at the Castle of Good Hope on Monday 18th March at 6.30pm. With over 150 exhibitions in and around Cape Town, this promises to be an event not to be missed.

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Honorary Doctorate for Goldblatt

UCT's first ever Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art was awarded to South African photographer David Goldblatt.

This was probably one of the most satisfying and rewarding processes I've ever had the pleasure of being associated with. Seeing David resplendent in his red gown with blue flashes and an enormous red velvet beret, was sight not to be forgotten. Considering David's normal atire of T-shirt and flack jacket, he must have felt rather uncomfortable but who cares.

David was led on stage by the deputy Registrar and stood very quetly while Prof. Pippa Skotness read the citation. He was then capped by our Chancellor Mrs Graca Machel to thunderous applouse. You had to be there.

The fact that David is the first ever recipient of an Honory doctorate in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town makes it even more special. Congratulations David, you so richly deserve this honour.

Geoff Grundlingh, Director

Community Darkroom in Langa

In keeping with our aim of helping aspirant photographers, the Centre for photography installed a fully equipped darkroom at the Guga S'thebe Community Arts centre in Langa in April 2001. The darkroom was opened by South African documentary photographer Peter Magubane. Peter also opened the first exhibition of photographs by the local photographers.

The exhibition featured a broad range of work including photographs of early jazz musicians, the 1999 tornado in Gugulethu, and the many uses shopping trolleys are put to in the townships. Subsequent to the darkroom being installed, these photographers have formed an association called Umlilo Photographers.

This Association is the brainchild of a group of so called street photographers, from the disadvantaged communities of the Cape Peninsula who saw a great need for coming together, in order to effectively highlight the challenges and obstacles facing them within the photographic industry.
Umlilo attempts to positively respond to these challenges by addressing them in the proper and correct perspective for the benefit of all those affected individuals and role players.

The Centre for photography would like to thank the Kodak Charitable Trust (USA) and Creative Colour Laboratory for supporting this significant new township initiative. We would also like to thank Peter Magubane for his very generous donation of film for Umlilo photographers.

Inferno & Paradiso at the SANG

Inferno & Paradiso is a view of heaven and hell on earth. It showcases the work of 18 of the world's most acknowledged photojournalists, the work of those people who visit the most extreme situations on the planet.

Each photographer has chosen two of his or her own images. One that brought them the most joy to photograph, and one that brought them the most pain. Eighteen slide projectors stand around the darkened gallery space.
For 18 minutes Paradiso floods the walls, and then for 18 minutes comes Inferno, endlessly alternating through their cycle.

'After dedicating four years of my life to the Rwandan genocide, I have concluded from my own personal experience, with much sadness and despair, that images are rapidly losing their capacity to affect us. Is this loss of affect a symptom of an indifferent society, or are images the cause of such indifference?' - Alfredo Jaar, introduction to exhibition catalogue

Inferno & Paradiso was curated by Alfredo Jaar, one of the foremost representatives in today's international world of contemporary art. The artist, Alfredo Jaar, was born in Chile but now lives in New York. In 1994 he went to Rwanda in the middle of the genocide, an experience which changed his life and his art. It was this experience that subsequently inspired him to stage this exhibition in co-operation with BildMuseet and Riksutstallningar (Swedish Travelling Exhibitions).

The South African National Gallery was particularly pleased to be host this exhibition as it included works by the prominent South African and southern African photographers Peter Magubane, Themba Hadebe and Ricardo Rangel.

Peter Magubane and fellow South african photographer Paul Weinberg each gave presentations at the seminar that followed the opening of the exhibition. The curator of the exhibition, Alfredo Jaar, and Jan Erik Lundstrom, the director of the BildMuseet, joined them. An open discussion followed the presentations. This seminar, co-sponsored by the South African centre for photography gave local photographers and interested members of the public a chance to see more of the photographers' work and to discuss the issues surrounding the exhibition, as well as contemporary photographic practice.

For more information visit: http://www.museums.org.za/sang

Topography

In April 2001, the Zimbabwean Association of Photographers (ZAP) invited the South African Centre for photography to curate a South African exhibition as part of their annual photographic exhibition at the Zimbabwe national Gallery in Harare scheduled for August 2001. Photographers from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and SA will participate. This initiative, which aims to promote the work of all southern African photographers is laudable, especially considering the difficult circumstances in Zimbabwe at present.

The SA Centre for Photography has decided to send a selection of 30 photographs under the title "Topography" We called for entries which in some way describe the contemporary South African landscape‚ in the broadest sense.

To view the South African selections see present exhibitions

To contact the Zimbabwean organisers directly, e-mail Michael White at jwhite@esanet.zw

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