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Market Photo Workshop opens registration for the year-long PDP Programme!

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Protesters in Zandspruit shield themselves from rubber bullets as they throw rocks at police: March 2011. © Romaen Tiffin, PDP 2011.

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ERNEST COLE opens at the Durban Art Gallery!

INVITATION Durban Art Gallery, the Hasselblad Foundation and the Embassy of Sweden take pleasure in inviting you to the opening of the exhibition ERNEST COLE  PHOTOGRAPHER Sunday 24 July 2011, at 14.00 Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Anton Lambede Street (formerly Smith) in Gallery 2 Phumzile Dlamini phone:  031-311 2268 email: strettonj@durban.gov.za
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Dale Yudelman

Dale Yudelman’s career in photography has led him through two eras of South African history as well as across several continents. Born in Johannesburg, he began photographing at a young age under the tutelage of his father and was barely out of his teens in 1979 when he landed a job as staff photographer at South Africa’s largest daily newspaper The Star. In 1986 Yudelman left South Africa - working as a freelance photographer first in London and later in Los Angeles., he returned to South Africa in 1996 and currently lives and works in Cape Town. http://www.daleyudelman.com/ Photographs from his Ernest Cole Award submission:

Shopper with doll- Milnerton Market © Dale Yudelman

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We have a WINNER!!!

Congratulations to Dale Yudelman, the first winner of the newly established Ernest Cole Award for photography in South Africa. On the 30 June the adjudication committee chose his project – “From the Hip”, from a final selection of five entries. Yudelman describes his project as being “Inspired by the Ernest Cole exhibition I saw in February this year, which documented life under apartheid. My series looks at life ‘under democracy’ and consists of vibrant daily reflections; shot in passing, with the simple motivation of noticing what is.” “The aim is to deliver an account accurate and vivid as any documentary anthology of contemporary life and the way in which ordinary citizens experience their current social and political circumstances.”

Harbour patrol guards - Hout Bay © Dale Yudelman

There were sixty-seven entries for the inaugural annual award, from which five finalists were chosen. Four honorable mentions were awarded to: Jabulani Dhlamini, Marc Shoul, Graeme Williams, and Thabiso Sekgala. Dhlamini’s project “Amawele “(The Twins) beautifully reveals the specific uniqueness of each identical twin, despite their immediate aesthetic similarities. Shoul’s ongoing project humorously and sensitively captures small town Brakpan inhabitants living their lives in contemporary South Africa. Williams’ “Painting over the Present” focuses on the interiors and exteriors of poverty stricken people’s homes. He says that, “It has been surprising to find that although the areas differ in many ways, there are almost always individual s who seemingly refuse to be subsumed into the starkness that surrounds them.” In “Homeland”, Sekgala explores the complexity of people’s relationships with the former ‘homelands’ of apartheid South Africa. The award, managed by UCT Libraries, will enable Yudelman to complete his project, culminating in an exhibition and the publishing of a book, by Jacana, next year.
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Opening of the Ernest Cole Exhibition in Cape Town

The Ernest Cole Exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery officially opened on Friday 25 Feb. This wonderful event also served as the official announcement of the Ernest Cole Award for photographers in South Africa. The room was filled with good music, fine food  and familiar faces, some of whom you might recognise in the photos!

Justice Albie Sachs and Riason Naidoo

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