Creative Women | Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

 

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.

 

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster

7 Comments

  1. What a profound range of images of great beauty and tenderness! They stretch me beyond being moved to smiles and tears; because these images without words compel me to look more carefully and dig more deeply to catch additional facets in each image, adding meaning of each precious moment of the human experience, from the beginning to the end. Thank you so much, dear Alexia, I am humbled and honoured by your kind words!

  2. Alexia, your words are so beautiful but your images speak volumes. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

  3. Absolutely beautiful photos Alexia. You have a wonderful gift.

  4. Thesa Callinicos

    It’s like the sounds of life come through your camera eye.

  5. I love the picture of the women in the field, love the energy that is your work and I am honoured that you consider me one of the people who inspires you. 1Luv

  6. amazing luminous images, alexia. you’re such a star!!

  7. These images are dope!