Trainers

Michelle Harris graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2005 with a degree in Fine Art, followed by a teacher-training course in arts, culture and design from the same institution. Harris is a visual artist who specialises in performance and mixed media installation.

Mpho Khwezi is a graduate of Vaal University of Technology and a Market Photo Workshop alumnus. Khwezi has worked as an intern photographer for the Mail & Guardian, as a photographer for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the International Organisation for Migration in Zambia. He was nominated in 2009 to participate in the prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass.

Michelle Loukidis is a graduate of Tshwane University of Technology and has been a trainer at the Market Photo Workshop since 2003.

Mack Magagane is an alumni of the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg. He has since exhibited both in South Africa and abroad. His series, …in this city, which was produced during his 2011/12 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop, was first exhibited at the Photo Workshop Gallery in 2012 and has since traveled to Portugal, France, Reunion Islands, Norway and Germany. Magagane was the 2011 ACT ImpACT Award for Visual Art recipient and in 2013 he partook in a three month residency at the Centre Photographique d’Île-de-France, Paris, France as part of the French – South Africa season. Magagane currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

Buyaphi Mdledle completed the Photo Workshop’s Advanced Programme in Photography in 2003 and has taught photography intermittently at the Alf Khumalo School of Photography, Soweto; City Varsity, Cape Town and from 2010 at the Photo Workshop. Mdledle has exhibited locally and initiated a community photography project ‘Soweto Photo Album’ in Pimville, Soweto.

Natalie Payne is a freelance photographer, photography teacher and photographic artist, living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her projects are wide-ranging with extensive portfolios of commissioned work and personal projects. She has exhibited work in a number of group shows, the most recent being Look (2014), Cape Town Month of Photography, and has had photographs included in various publications, most notably George Hallett, Women by Women – Fifty Years of Women’s Photography in South Africa, 2006, Wits University Press and the cover Image for Telerama: Afrique du Sud , France, March 2013. She is working towards completing a Masters in Fine Art at Wits University with her body of work centered on notions of suburbia, domestic space, identity and loss. She is currently teaching fashion photography at Lisof, a fashion design college as well as facilitating a number of courses at the Market Photo Workshop.

Rita Potenza has worked as a photo researcher on book projects, exhibitions and documentary films for commercial and academic publishers and museums in Johannesburg, since 1989. She has developed photo archiving systems for Jürgen Schadeberg, South Photographs and the Mail & Guardian, among others. During the course of her work she has utilised the resources of key newspaper libraries, national and provincial archives, academic collections, online photo agencies, and private photo collections in South Africa. She has recently spent two years selecting photos from the Times Media archive for digitisation. Potenza has worked at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, training a new generation of photojournalists in Southern Africa. Her research has given her an overview of historical and social documentary imagery available in South Africa and how it is employed in the creation of pasts, presents and futures.

Ruth Sacks is a visual artist who has exhibited widely, locally and internationally. She has taught in various institutions since 2002, her main focus being on History of Art and English. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town and a post-graduate degree in studio practice from the Higher Institute for Fine Art in Gent, Belgium. Together with Simon Gush, she runs the 2012 Parking Gallery, a project space in Johannesburg hosted by the Visual Arts Network SA.

Ilse van der Merwe graduated with a B-tech Degree in photography from Tshwane University of Technology in 2006 and since then has been working intermittently as a photography teacher. Van der Merwe practices as a professional photographer and her work has been on various group and solo exhibitions and has appeared in numerous publications.