Leah Gordon is a British multi-disciplinary artist working in whatever medium takes her fancy at the time or best allows her to express herself.
Here, she turns her lens to the freemasons of Haiti, capturing their costumes, rituals and spaces in a set of beautiful photographs. Seeing how the rituals of an order that started thousands of kilometres away can be reimagined here is just so interesting.
You can see more of her incredible work on her website here.
Fabrice Monteiro is a photographer working out of Dakar, Senegal. For this project, entitled: The Prophecy, he worked with a local costume designer, Doulsy, to create a set of fantastical images that imagine what the future of West Africa might look like. These images get even more interesting though, when you learn that they are inspired by local folklore and so intricately composed that they took two years to complete.
You can see more of Monteiro’s work here.
One of our 1st year photography students created this video on his YouTube channel about the water crisis and drought in the Western Cape. Great research for his 1st photography project!
Nice one Jamie!
Don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel here.
It’s always so exciting to see our alumni do well once they’re out there in the world! Here, we’re sharing some work by Maryke van Rensburg, who graduated from the Academy with a BA in Applied Design and Photography.
Her work has been featured in Fuse Magazine and we must say – it looks incredible! Great work Maryke!
You can visit Maryke’s website here to see more of her work.
And if you’d like to follow her on Instagram, you can check out her profile here.
To round off our photography-themed week, we’re sharing an incredible project by Miami-based photographer Rose Marie Cromwell. Entitled, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte, which is translated as: The Supreme Book of Luck, this photo series aims to bring to life the feeling of Havana, rather than simply representing it in a documentary fashion or showing the tourist-style images we might expect.
Mixing street scenes and staged images, this series acts as metaphor and guide – helping us as the outsiders to feel what it is like in Havana, through highly emotive, allegorical imagery. What a brilliant set of photographs!
To see more of Cromwell’s work, we do suggest you visit her website here.
Tomer Ifrah is an Israeli photographer who for this project, Moscow Metro, is turning his lens toward commuters in Moscow’s grand underground rail system. With many stations and much of the infrastructure built as long ago as the 1930s, the Moscow Metro is itself a design marvel. The focus here though is on the people who use it (estimates reckon up to 7 million people pass through it every day) and the little moments between them.
But that’s not all. This is part of a larger project where Ifrah will be photographing other metro systems in post-Soviet states, for which a book will be released in 2018.
You can visit Ifrah’s site and see more of his work here.
This set of images by Marisa Chafetz, a young American photographer, sees her returning to her family home and capturing the people she grew up with. With a strong nostalgic feeling and so much warmth behind the images, this set, entitled: We are Ugly but We Have the Music, makes the viewer as if perhaps they are a teenager again. We love how the act of training the camera on specific moments can heighten their importance, making the mundane incredibly poignant and profound.
This is the power of photography!
You can see more of Chafetz’s work here.