Photography Incubator Programme

The Market Photo Workshop, with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture, has developed an incubator programme for established photographers to refine and expand their practice.

The photography incubator programme launched on the 9th November 2015 to end 31st March 2016, includes a two weeks Masterclass programme that employs practical on job knowledge transfer combined with technical and theoretical facilitations, to enhance and elevate the photographers’ professional practice.

The ten emerging photographers, respectively, have at least two years practical photography experience. They will over the next four months develop bodies of work and commence with various participatory photography projects for an exhibition and publication as an outcome in March 2016. The Market Photo Workshop will monitor and evaluate their work and progress.

As part of the programme, the photographers interact, engage and are mentored by experienced industry professionals and experts. They will assist them in, among other activities, development of individual projects, editing and curating their work for exhibitions and further distribution, develop and harness their business skills and business brand in order to establish and sustainably market their profession within their own communities and beyond.
The outcomes of the Incubation Programme may include but not limited to:

  • Fully developed projects that may take the form of exhibitions, participatory projects, talks, workshops, open studios, photo walks, publications, screenings, online projects and fully developed photography business plan.
  • Projects engaging with the public and in communities through photography
  • Publications, as reflection of overall activities

Masterclass Highlights

The Masterclass highlights include a discussion between living legends Peter Magubane and Omar Badsha on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, from 9am. They will be discussing the role of photography in the development of a society and the development of critical bodies of work relevant to now and the future. The two Legendary Photographers are part of the DAC’s 2015 South African Living Legends Programme.

Digify Bytes will provide free training on digital marketing strategies to improve photography business and practice.
The Masterclass will cover other essential topics such as, development of local content, story telling within creating bodies of work, studio workflow and issues of representation in visual culture.

Masterclasses will be lead by industry professionals such as art historian Professor Same Mdluli, photographer Andrew Tshabangu, 2015 Bamako Encounters Jury Prize awardee Simon Gush and Molemo Molioa, Head of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa.

The 10 photographers are:
Matthew Kay
Mmabje Maila
Mzu Nyamekelithongo Nhlabatsi
Shirin Motala
Siphosihle Mkhwanazi

Motlabana Monnakgotla
Tsioharana Nirina Rabearivelo
Dianah Chiyangwa
Morris Mohanoe
Madoda Mkhobeni

For more information, please contact:

Bekie Ntini
Coordinator: Mentorships and Training
T +27 (0) 11 834 1444