Iconic African Photographers

Africa has produced some excellent and varied photographers who have received numerous awards and accolades, not only locally, but internationally as well

Justin Dingwall

Justin Dingwall is a South African photographer born in Johannesburg.  He studied at the Tshwane University of Technology and graduated with a Baccalaurean Technologies in Photography.  He has had exhibitions locally and overseas and has been nominated for many awards that include SA Taxi Foundation Art Award in 2015 and IPA Photography awards in 2013.

His work conveys emotion and also looks at beauty in a non-traditional way.  His photography is unusual and has cultural undertones.   His most well known works include Albus and Fly By Night.

Siaka Soppo Traoré

Siaka was born in Doula, Burkina Faso and is new to the photographic community in Senegal.  He grew up in Togo and it was here that he pursued graphics through drawing and painting.  He went to Senegal to study and he was introduced to hip-hop and capoeira.

These disciplines helped him hone his observation skills.  In 2011 he graduated as a civil engineer and decided to teach himself photography.  Siaka became interested in dancing and most of his photography focused on the dancing scene and body language.  He is also a sought after fashion photographer.

Andrew Tshabangu

He was born in Soweto, South Africa in 1966.  He is most well known for his black and white photographs that depict various religious practices in South Africa. Andrew says that his work is influenced by the culture of African people and his photographs cover diverse religious practices.

His photographs are sometimes blurry or smoky and he has said that he enjoys experimenting with various angles as opposed to classical photography, which he says he finds boring.  He has received critical acclaim for much of his work and made a decent living off it, much like someone who has won big playing bingo for money.

Fanie Jason

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1953 Fanie was forced to move from his home in Heathfield to Guguletu, a black township because of the Group Areas Act.  His interest in photography began when he was a teenager and borrowed a friend’s camera.  His career as a photographer took off when his photographs were published in major South African and International newspapers.

He has travelled all around the world and has photographed major events in history such as the first South African democratic election in 1994, genocide in Rwanda, conflict areas such as Kosovo and the West Bank countries.  He has won many awards the most prestigious being the Abdul Sharif award and South African Fuji Press Award.

Peter Magubane

Peter was born in 1932 in Vrededorp, South Africa.  He is an award-winning journalist and he became interested in photography when he was at school.  He joined Drum magazine and moved through the ranks to become a legendary Drumgeneration of black and white photographers and other forms of art.

He is known for his coverage of political events in South Africa.  Peter has worked overseas as a freelance photographer.  He has been arrested and imprisoned and has also served a banning order.  He has also photographed the student uprising in Soweto during 1976.  He now spends his time doing various exhibitions.