Opening: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 18h00
Gallery 1989
Market Photo Workshop

Since it was founded in 1989 the Market Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues and debates in photography and visual culture through the medium of photography.

The curriculum now offers training in a range of photographic and professional practices, including workshops and courses with professional photographers, exchange programmes, internships and participation in exhibitions. The objective is to equip aspiring photographers with the necessary photographic skills to allow them to secure employment and generate income, while at the same time building and improving contemporary photography practice in South Africa, the continent, and the world.

PW17 showcases a selection of work produced by the Market Photo Workshop’s 2017 student cohort, across all courses; the Foundation Course (FC 17-01, FC 17-02, FC 17-03, FC 17-04, FC 17-05 and FC 17-06), the Intermediate Course (IC 17-01, IC 17-02 and IC 17-03), and the Advanced Programme in Photography (APP 2017) and the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme (PDP 2017).

About the Market Photo Workshop

For over twenty-seven years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World renowned photographer, David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 – 1999. Since then, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture.

The Market Photo Workshop also runs a number of Public Programmes, which are a series of events involving and directed at professional photographers, visual artists, educators, students as well as the broader public. These Public Programmes seek to inform the trends, practices, methods, and contemporary ways of working and thinking in South African photography practice through exposure to a broad understanding of visual culture as well as a networking platform that encourages critical thinking and engagements.

Showcasing a number of high profile local and international photographers, as well as student and alumni photography work, the Market Photo Workshop has been able to build a strong and consistent audience base around our gallery, ‘The Photo Workshop Gallery’ in Newtown, which is on the same premises as the school. Since 2005, when the gallery was initially launched, the kind of platform it has engendered encourages not only emerging students to experience and enter into professional practice, but has distilled a new type of photographic practice amongst the greater artistic community. Various critical discourses, especially around the role documentary photography, have been stimulated by the multitude of exhibitions that have shown at The Photo Workshop Gallery creating dynamic interactions between students and the greater photography community. In 2017, Market Photo Workshop relocated to its new state of art photography facility at Market Square premises by the Mary Fitzgerald Square.

For more information, please contact:

Mika Conradie
Manager: Public Programmes and Development
T +27 (0) 11 834 1444

Market Photo Workshop
c/o Market Square
138 Lilian Ngoyi St
Entrance at Margaret Macingana Street

The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation.