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Alena Gelen Wins an Adobe Design Achievement Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to Alena Gelen who has won the Adobe Design Achievement Award in the Fine Art Photography Category for her image ‘Afro Indy Dandy’

This is one of the most prestigious awards a photographer can win and we are so proud of her achievement!

Alena is also the only winner from South Africa!

Afro Indi Dandy is a creative collaboration with fashion designer Hunter Blue telling the story about romantic love and gentle masculinity. Genderfluid beings that express themselves as wearable art, allowing their emotions to flow like music through their dress. It draws inspiration from poetry, flowers, and the joining of countries via textiles, African and Indian fabrics.
Afro Indy Dandy:

“When I saw you, I fell in love, And you smiled Because you knew”

– William Shakespeare


Maxwell Granger – Photography

Maxwell Granger is a young photographer in London who created the following set of images by arriving pretty much unannounced at his friends’ houses and telling them he was going to take photos. This allows for some interesting insights into just how young people are living in London right now. Cramped spaces, typified by small rooms and possessions all over the place (most people in these images are probably living in house shares) show how people are getting by in London, before they’re really making it.

We love the honesty and realness in these photos. And if you love being a little bit nosey like we do, pictures like these are just perfect!

Check out more of Granger’s work on his website here.

Hailun Ma – Photography

Hailun Ma is a Chinese photographer from Xinjiang, who now divides her time between New York and Shanghai. After studying fashion photography in New York, she was inspired to return to the place where she grew up to document the fashion and style of the local people – Uyghurs. The Uyghur are a mostly Muslim Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia.

When you see their incredible use of colour and flamboyant dress sense, you’ll see exactly why taking photographs of them is something Hailun Ma just couldn’t turn down.

Take a look at more of Hailun Ma’s photography on her website here.

Matthew Connors – Photography

Matthew Connors is a New York based photographer who works both as a photographer and a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where he teaches photography as well.

Today, we’re sharing his work entitled Unanimous Desire, a series of photographs of North Korean life which dig a little deeper and tell a more emotional, almost poetic story of the country, rather than the images we might expect to see of propaganda and soldiers marching in perfect unison. This work was also displayed at MoMA for it’s exhibition Being: New Photography 2018.

You can visit Connors’ site to see more of his work here.

Charles Russell speaking at the Academy.

We recently had Academy graduate Charles Russell, a commercial photographer who focuses on lifestyle, food and wine photography speak to our students.

He chatted to those enrolled in the Higher Certificate in Photography and the BA Degree in Photography second and third years, with a focus on the skills and equipment needed to photograph ‘splash’ set ups. This is all about multiple exposures and combining them together to create one composite image.

You can visit Charles’ site here.

Second and Third Year Photography Students on a Field Trip

Our second and third year students doing our BA in Photography recently took a field trip all the way from Stellenbosch to Cape Town city centre. They began by visiting Photohire Print Lab, where they were shown various types of Fine Art printing by the resident master printer. Following this, they visited Photo Centre, where they were given an incredibly interesting talk on exhibition spaces and just what goes into planning and exhibiting a body of work in the best possible way.

To round off the experience, our student did a walkabout at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum with our very own Visual Studies lecturer, Irene Grobbelaar-Lenoble, who gave us a talk on her own exhibition, which is currently running at the museum.

Check out more pics from the day below!

Emily Stein – Photography

We love this! Emily Stein, a British photographer, has spent time photographing a Japanese woman named Akemi who moved to England but still maintains a connection to her life in Japan. She shows this through her incredible collection of kimonos.

Fittingly, this project is called Akemi’s 100 Kimonos. These meaningful portraits are such a celebration of culture, life and fashion – showing the power of photography! We had to share them.

You can see more of Stein’s work here.