The Pretoria Street Photography collective came about after Emmanuel Munano had the realisation that although certain parts of Pretoria were laden with character, people were afraid or unable to go out and photograph them individually. With this in mind he set out to create a network of photographers who could collectively go on photo-walks to document (under the banner of street photography) parts of Pretoria that had before been largely unexplored.
“With street photography, you will always get a different image every time you explore a specific environment,” says Emmanuel.
In addition to serving as a network for street photographers, one of the main objectives of the society is to encourage development for and through photography by hosting workshops in various township, rural and urban locations around Pretoria. The idea is to enhance and promote the art of street photography. The collective also organizes regular photo-walks as platforms for photographers to document urban human-scapes in the capital city. An offshoot of this takes the form of photography exhibitions – which happen both both online and in public.
Some of the core members who function within the society include Emmanuel Munano, Reatile Moalusi, Lebogang Ditibane, Lerato Kuzwayo, Ilze Wessels, Nobe Radebe, Kulani Mashele and Tshidiso Maduwa. However, along with a host of regular participants, all photographers capturing the streets are Pretoria are encouraged to join and share their work with and through the community.
For Emmanuel, one of the most rewarding parts of the journey so far is “being able to cultivate a network for asipiring street photographers, and those interested in socio-documentary in Pretoria and South Africa.”
Going forward, the Pretoria Street Photographers are busy with a body of work on Marabstad and are hoping to collaborate with an academic institution to provide an academic perspective of the project. They are also hosting regular photography workshops at high schools in an attempt to encourage the youth to participate in photography, as well as working towards networking with other continental and international street photographers to possibly host exchanges with photographers in other regions.
In the next three months, the collective is planning photo-walks in Mabopane, Garankuwa and Silverton. To find out about the dates of each of these, and for more from the Pretoria Street Photography society, keep an eye on their Facebook page.
A few examples of work by the Pretoria Street Photographers: