Lebogang TlhakoLocation: Johannesburg Instagram Lebogang Tlhako takes photographs of everyday life in Gauteng in one of the most poetic ways. According to a past article on the artist, the photographer is graduate from Katlehong, east of Johannesburg. In both 2012 and 2013 she was selected as a finalist in the ELLE Magazine Style Reporter competition.
Manyatsa MonyamaneLocation: Johannesburg Website | Instagram Manyatsa Monyamane describes herself as an artist; storyteller through imagery, inspired and influenced by African literature, theatre and everyday surroundings. She completed her BTech in Photography in 2016 at the Tshwane University of Technology.
Lauren MulliganLocation: Johannesburg Website | Instagram Photojournalist Lauren Mulligan, who is currently studying towards her MA degree, has a BA Fine Arts from Wits University and has had her work feature in publications such as the Times. In addition to photography, she also enjoys drawing.
Sibongile ShopeLocation: Johannesburg Instagram Sibongile Shope is a Joburg-based artist and organiser, whose recent photography series, I love Black Women Because is a profound celebration of black womxn and a look at violence against womxn. “This is the first episode of a series called I love Black Women. The whole point is for us to focus on how we as women love each other, how we celebrate each other and how we love ourselves when we are met with so much violence on a daily basis,” she says in an essay about the photos she and her partner Boipelo Khunou shot as part of a protest at Noord taxi rank.
Zara JuliusLocation: Johannesburg Website | Instagram Zara Julius describes herself as “a multidisciplinary visual storyteller and music collector”. Aside from her powerful documentary and conceptual photographic work, she’s also a writer and has had work features on various platforms, presented university lectures and exhibited her work across South Africa and internationally, plus is a vinyl collector and deejay.
Shirin MotalaLocation: Johannesburg Instagram Shirin Motala is a freelance documentary photographer from Durban living in Johannesburg. Her photography work shows life from a unique, memorable angle. “Through photography, Shirin aims to accentuate the nuanced spaces and stories that exist amongst us all by challenging traditional notions of, and approaches towards documentary photography.”
Noncedo CharmaineLocation: Johannesburg Website | Blog | Instagram Noncedo is a formidable photographer in her own right, and also one half of Carbon Copy, a photography collective with her twin. “Carbon Copy is a photo documentary exploring our lives as twins and hopefully other twins. We’re exploring how we feel about being twins, how other people see us and hopefully breaking any misconception about twins,” according to a site. She also enjoys doing experimental shots with light and close-ups.
Boipelo KhunouLocation: Johannesburg Instagram Boipelo Khunou is an artist, freelance photographer and videographer. She is currently studying towards her BA Fine Arts degree at the University of Witwatersrand. Boipelo describes herself as “an artist who creates from an understanding of her position in the world and the contexts that I’m active in”.
Fundiswa NtoyiLocation: Cape Town Instagram | Tumblr “I love portraits, they tell stories without any use of words,” portrait photographer Fundiswa Ntoyi once said. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, before Fundiswa got into photography, she enjoyed sketching portraits but was always passionate about the craft of photography. “Even before I got into photography I was always fascinated with other people’s photographs, always curious about how they managed to capture a specific image. I literally learned to take photos by looking at other people’s photography. ”
Gontse “Phatstoki” MoreLocation: Johannesburg Blog | Instagram Phatstoki is a deejay, photographer and a film editor, who is known for their striking and minimalist photographic compositions. For their most recent project, the co-founder of Pussy Party — a monthly event for womxn femmes in Joburg — shot a music video for DJ Spoko and Matias Aguayo’s joint single Dirty Dancing that totally blew our mind.
Zuzi SeokaLocation: Johannesburg Website | Instagram Emerging photographer to watch Zuzi Seoka focuses her lens primarily on capturing events in the city. ” I shoot what I like,” she says about her documentary-based oeuvre that includes images from weddings, family shoots and editorial.
Basetsana MalulekaLocation: Johannesburg Tumblr | Instagram | Behance Basetsana is a self-taught freelancing photographer operating under the name Shutterbug Diaries. “The camera is my tool,” she says. “Through it I give a reason to everything around me.” She is also a multimedia artist at creative business service Umuzi.org.