Noticing a growing number of young photographers shooting predominantly in Black and White, we held an exhibition in winter last year to showcase some of this young talent choosing monochrome over full colour. We revisit this theme here in our fifth and final edition of our 2013 Highlights series. These are our favourite features of last year in a little less colour.
Menswear designer Timothy Wang released a collection titled BOYS2MEN, which was beautifully photographed by Neil Roberts. As the sub-title suggests, the project includes aspects of masculinity that have been excluded from the definition of a man, such as gay subculture, and the wild playful desires of the boy child.
Lesedi M.J. Mogale’s work is a mix of beautifully lit studio shots and spontaneous snaps of his friends and surroundings.
‘Bass Music’ producer from Cape Town, HAEZER, released the music video for his track Troublemaker featuring SA rapper Tumi (Tumi and the Volume) in early February of 2013. The video is an Afro-thriller set in a South African township, where four children posses destructive super powers and use them to wreak havoc.
This campaign took a critical and necessary look at the realities faced by South Africans who suffer personally as a result of the country’s current political economy. The campaign includes three TV commercials – Education, Foreigner and Housing – released throughout September, all shot on location, portraying real-life situations.
Photographer Justin McGee, dancer Manthe Ribane, and fashion designer Jessica Sutherland collaborated to create the L A N D lookbook, which takes inspiration from the beauty and symmetry of pattern-rich Ndebele paintings.
Punk launched its new corporate identity in 2013. They developed an algorithm based on genetics that constantly creates new versions of its identity, by itself, infinitely. All the elements – from the logotype, to the letterhead, to business cards, to email signatures – are being created by an algorithm that makes them completely unique each and every time.
TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris came up with this brilliant campaign to promote their design department, and it resulted in a 450% rise in new work from existing clients.
Portrait and fashion photographer Ross Garrett is well-known for his work with Die Antwoord, and his photographs which have graced the pages of local and international magazines including Numéro, Dazed & Confused, V Man and Elle. Barely in need of an introduction at all, it only takes one look at his work to see that Ross is undeniably one of the most talented South African photographers out there.
Heather Thompson from SOMA Confection is a Conceptual Chocolate Artist. She crafts eclectic confections for the express purpose of inducing transcendental states of face melting delight. Heather started her chocolate empire after a self-guided crash course at the University of Google & YouTube.
Our Young South Africa series highlights exceptional young, creative South Africans. The annual series ran throughout June to coincide with national Youth Month, and featured Kent Andreasen, a prolific young photographer who makes beautiful art, labelled as fashion photography and whose command of light and shadow always impresses.
Durban-born Mia Chaplin works as a painter from her studio in Cape Town. Her medium of choice is oils, and the visible brushstrokes and muted tones are part of what characterize her highly expressive paintings.
This portrait shoot by Johannesburg-based photographer Justin Dingwall is titled ALBUS, and features South African model with albinism, Thando Hopa. Selects of the shoot were published in Forbes magazine.
Allan Gray’s TV commercial by King James, titled ‘The Slip’, was released in September 2013 as part of a ‘Distraction Is The Enemy’ campaign for the brand.
Joe Public Ignite created this print campaign for a school in Johannesburg that teaches in both English and Afrikaans. The ads feature a poem and sentences that can be read word for word – with only occasional changes in meaning – in both languages.
We featured Candice Wyatt-Minter in our Creative Women series in August. She is the woman at the heart of Wyatt Hairdressing and Barbering, and a Joburg institution all on her own.
Twenty-three year old Soweto-born, Johannesburg-based photographer Mack Magagane is one to watch. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions locally and abroad in Paris and Portugal.
A beautifully filmed video by Bring Back Choirboy and mblife for Mercedes Benz SA shows 24-year-old graphic design student and champion downhill skateboarder, Decio Lourenco, take on former pro racing driver Robbi Smith behind the wheel of the A 45 AMG. The result is a 3 minute, black and white showcase of the precision, grace and control of both the extreme sport and the car.
CPUT Fashion Design graduate Renee Nicole Sander was the highlight at this year’s CPUT final year fashion show, with her avant-garde collection inspired by glacier formations.
Mitch Stratten is a South African filmmaker. His video art project, OCP (Orifice Conditioning Plate) is the culmination of two years of single-minded work, and was featured in Dazed Digital‘s series of weekly experimental films called ‘Exhibit A’.
Pretoria-based photgrapher Mpho Mokgadi has been making images since early childhood when his mom gave him a point and shoot film camera, and hasn’t been able to stop since. He has a curious eye, and the results are fascinating.
Photographer Hayden Phipps takes photos of the interesting things surrounding him, and this natural curation makes for intriguing photo stories.
Illustration, iconography and typography studio Radio were very busy in 2013, and relaunched their portfolio site with exciting new work.
Now & Partners produced this incredible series of three short films for The Pendoring Awards featuring outstanding South African creatives sharing their inner thoughts, their passion for what they do and how they view their chosen field of work. The creatives included painter Zander Blom, musician Markus Wormstorm, and The Essop Twins who are conceptual photographers.
This 22 year old artist from Johannesburg made loads of interesting portraits in 2013. These pencil portraits of successful people and famous entrepreneurs were created for the Liquid Capital group in South Africa.
After finishing his degree in Photography at the Vaal Triangle Technikon, now Vaal University, Warren van Rensburg moved to Johannesburg where he is currently based and working as a portrait, fashion and editorial photographer.
Click through for Parts 1 – 4 of our 2013 Highlights themed an ode to cities, all things summer, rainbow-tinted lenses and the animal kingdom.
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