This Women’s Month we’re celebrating our favourite creative women. Today’s feature is freelance photographer Alexia Webster.
Alexia was born in Johannesburg, is based in Cape Town but has traveled far and wide through Africa as a documentary photographer.
Her work has been published in numerous publications, both international and South African, including The New York Times, The Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and the The Times (UK). In 2007 she received the Frank Arisman Scholarship at the International Center of Photography in New York City where she completed a program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Not only occupied with stills, Alexia has also worked in the film industry as an editor, camera person and director of documentary films and music videos.
We asked her what women inspire her creatively. She had this to say, “I have some really amazingly talented friends whose work and ideas inspire me constantly. Faith47‘s epic and poetic paintings; Nkuli Mlangeni’s cultural inventions; Meghan Judge‘s amazing adventures and animations; Daya Heller’s ethereal sculptures and Tumi Moroka’s cinematography.”
Above all Alexia credits her mother as the biggest female creative inspiration in her life, “My mom, Luli Callinicos, is a writer and historian and she wrote three quite subversive history books in the 1980’s that told the story of the history of ordinary South Africans rather than the ‘great men’ that supposedly shaped history.
It was a history that was kept muted and silent during that Apartheid era. Her books where full of images and photographs of migrant workers coming to the city to work in the mines, of crowded compounds and overworked and exploited miners, of domestic workers in the city and women working the farms, of rand lords and their opulent homes in the suburbs of Joburg.
As a little girl would spend hours looking through her photos, imagining that world, the story of my city and my country. This was my earliest influence as a photographer. She continues to challenge and inspire and push me to examine and try provoke both an artist and an explorer.”
Find more of Alexia’s photography at www.alexiawebster.com.
Keep up with our Creative Women series here.