Step Into Durban’s Footobooth

These 6 photographers have teamed up to make stunning portraits with the people of Durban.

 

 

If you spend any amount of time on Facebook recently, you’ve definitely seen some of these striking portraits with patterned backdrops populating your newsfeed for the last couple of months. That’s because the Fotobooth collective of photographers has been incredibly busy capturing the beautiful people of this city.

According to the Fotobooth team, they “make” portraits with people rather than “take” photos of them, which is probably why everyone look so comfortable in front of their cameras.

For the last 2 months, they’ve called the KZNSA home whilst also popping up at dope cultural and musical events making sure they get as many different people in front of their lens as they can. They’re no longer at the KZNSA, but you’ll still spot them at the coolest events around town.

Go add them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.

Blackcloud by Simanga

 

Simanga: My vision is to become more comfortable with approaching and talking to people and to eventually start and finish the portrait project I have been thinking about for a long time. My vision for the Fotobooth is that it becomes part of Durban and the Durban art scene, not just photography.

 

Love and Kisses by Niamh

 

Niamh: I’d like to think we are contributing to a positive, inclusive archive that will make people feel good now and in ten, twenty years time. So, the vision would be to make as many portraits of Durban people as possible and make them feel as though they are contributing to the visual memory of Durban- and get a fun pic of themselves in the process.

 

Thoba Things by osmosisliza

 

osmosisliza: We’ve been talking about this for a long time; a collaboration between established photographers who are creating signature styles in Contemporary Documentary and Portraiture. It’s an opportunity for archiving the unique personas that exist in the city of Durban. It’s a long-term project, not just a simple documentation of someone’s existence at a singular place and time. We produce a constructed artifice that comments on the status of the individual and community in contemporary society and challenges the viewer into looking deeper into issues of identity, with those portrayed.

 

Amanda by Busani

 

Busani: Since I like to make portraits of people who are not aware that they’re being photographed, I’m challenging myself to make portraits of people with their own pretty faces and smiles. I will give my subjects the freedom to do whatever they want to do because, at the end of the day, I’m creating a projection of them.

 

Juice and Njabulo are both men of few words but their pictures do the talking.

 

Vusi by Njabulo

 

Conversations with Lovers by Juice

 

 

About the photographers:

 

Busani Gcabashe is documentary fine art freelance photographer. In 2015 he studied at The Durban Centre for Photography (DCP), during his time with the DCP he was part of a group project and exhibition titled Ngale: Seeing Beyond that was exhibited at The KZNSA Gallery. His work is inspired by documenting people’s lives.

 

osmosisliza is an artist and mentor in Contemporary Documentary Photography. osmosisliza (deliberately written in lowercase to denounce authority) is her cyborg persona. She claims that in cyberspace she can meet and greet other artists and photographers in a “boundless” space. She regards social media as a democratic platform for sharing, expressing and exchanging stories, offering ways of influencing and being influenced by the lived experiences and opinions of others, through visual and written text. She often “exhibits” her iphonographs (photos made with an iPhone) online using hashtags to group them into multiple series.

 

Simanga Zondo, also known as Konstant, graduated with a Diploma of Photography from Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 2015 and is part of The Durban Centre for Photography (DCP). He was part of eight artists/ photographers selected to exhibit their work at Semaphore gallery’s exhibition titled Anomalies in Switzerland. His work was selected to exhibit at the Essence Festival 2017. He uses the medium of photography to speak about social issues.  

 

Niamh Walsh-Vorster is an independent photographer and freelancer. After completing a degree in Photojournalism, Media Studies, and Anthropology at the University Currently Known as Rhodes, she went on to intern at LiveMag in Cape Town in 2015. Her first solo exhibition, The Faithful was held at The Central Methodist Church in Cape Town that same year. She has also worked for Independent Newspapers in Durban, been a student and volunteer for The Durban Centre for Photography, and is the co-founder and co-publisher of Ja. Magazine. In 2016 she was awarded a BASA Arts Journalism Award for her work with Ja. Magazine.

Walsh-Vorster is interested in exploring ‘space and place’ theory through photography. She is currently part of the third edition of the Incubator Programme at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg.

 

Njabulo Magubane started photography in 2012 as a hobby then furthered his knowledge at Durban University of Technology (DUT) where he obtained a N. Diploma of Photography in 2016. During his studies in 2014, he won Interpret Durban 5 for ‘Best Portrait’ that represented Durban. He specialises in Portraits, Documentary and Fashion photography but considers himself as a versatile artist that can adapt to any type of photography. He has an affinity for black and white photography.  

 

Llwelyn Juice Makhanya: Juice is currently a quietly-kept photo samurai that is focussing on paying an ode to a forgotten style of portraiture while still keep to certain ideals about “African photography”. He’s fascinated by the Sophiatown era of portraiture of flamboyance and pride in people.

 

 

 

 

 

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