The Umuzi Academy (a division of Umuzi Photo Club) is a one year learnership programme that develops the next generation of creative professionals from e’kasi. The Academy offers recruits the opportunity to improve their skills and access industry networks in the fields of photography, videography, graphic design, copywriting and digital marketing.
The Umuzi Academy recruits often document and source inspiration from the community in Jeppestown where the school is located, and have captured defining events in the area such as the Jeppestown strikes that took place in 2015. Over the past year many of the recruits have found themselves not only working but also living in this industrious part of the city.
As a “thank you” to the men and women who are often the subjects of their creative projects, the Umuzi photographers hit the streets for a day armed with a portable digital photo printer. They shot and printed portraits of community members and gave them the pictures to keep, resulting in the wonderful and evocative photo series titled People of Jeppestown that you see here.
Giving back to the Jeppe community at large made me feel like I was living up to the expectations of being an artist in South Africa. Reflecting on the time at hand and giving back at the same time. – Abigail Zikhali Umuzi Academy Photography recruit
The thank you’s and smiles that we got from the people of Jeppestown were priceless. – Ossmane Mulungo Umuzi Academy Photography recruit
To find out more about Umuzi Academy visit: umuzi.org
Images by: Khotso Bantu Mahlangu, Kgomotso Neto Tleane, Nhlakanipho Hippo Nhlapo, Siboniso Mncube, Ossmane Mulungo, Abigail Zikhali and Lindokuhle Shandu.