Photographer King Zimela captures Afropunk Joburg in new portrait series

Documentary and street style photographer Lonwabo “King” Zimela attended the first Afropunk Joburg and in a series of new images, captured the faces at the two-day event.

Despite wet weather on day one, news that festival headliner Solange pulled out at the last minute and subsequent schedule changes, the Durban photographer says the event went well and the style at the festival was progressive; making an ideal space to photograph portraits.

One would think the glitches and setbacks on the last few days leading up to Afropunk Joburg would discourage people to attend.

“Even with the rain on the first day of the festival, people still came out in numbers. The music was great and the style was progressive. What really made me happy though, was seeing people of various cultures, ages groups and sexual orientations in one place having fun with no discrimination. One could feel the love as soon as they walked in the venue. This festival was a great step towards uniting us a people.See more of Lonwabo’s work.


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