Market Photo Workshop Facilities

2017 marked a very critical milestone of photography training and public programming for the Market Photo Workshop. The Photo Workshop relocated to the new premises at Market Square in Newtown Johannesburg.

This new facility consists of ample photography training space, with two exhibition venues, a library for photography scholarly research, outfit for photography archive, and plenty of room for talks, presentations, and visitors both within and outside the built structure! The facility has direct access to the Mary Fitzgerald Square which provides opportunities for interactive public photography activities and programming.

The Venues are available for Hire at accessible rates including full access for Market Photo Workshop Alumnus community and members.

For venue bookings, please email  Busi Letwaba at

The Amphitheatre:

This space provides seating for approx. 30 people and ample standing space. There is a large wall suitable for night time projections.

The Auditorium:

This space provides ample seating, projection/sound facilities and platform for a single speaker. Suitable for screenings, talks, lectures etc.

Photography Studio:

Fully equipped photography studio with an infinity curve.

Photography equipment can be made available upon additional arrangement with our resources department.

The Dark Room:

Fully equipped dark room facilities.

Members can access enlargers and chemicals at an additional fee for chemicals, and they must bring their own paper. In order to access the darkroom, members will need to book the darkroom with the Coordinator: Long Courses. Three rolls of film per week will be permitted for processing to students and members. No more than 2 rolls of film can be processed per member, per month.


The Market Photo Workshop has three separate classroom spaces equipped with projection facilities, corkboards, tables and chairs.

Market Theatre Foundation Library

Library Times:

  • Monday                09h00 – 16h30
  • Tuesday               09h00 – 16h30
  • Wednesday         09h00 – 16h30
  • Thursday*         09h00 – 16h00
  • Friday                  09h00 – 16h30
  • Saturday*           09h00 – 15h00 

* The library is open on Saturdays and not on Thursdays during the 1st and 3rd week of the month. And Monday to Friday during the 2nd, 4th and 5th week of a month.

The Market Theatre Foundation Library is a specialized Library which holds a fine selection of works about photography and the performing arts.

It is primarily made available for students, staff members and Market Photo Workshop Membership holders. Members of the library are not allowed to use the library unless explicitly granted permission to do so. Academic staff, students and researchers from other academic institutions can use the library on presentation of a valid student or staff card. Neither of the above two groups can borrow materials from the library.

External requests for Library access should be passed through the Manager: Administration and Operations.

Gallery 1989

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm
Gallery admission is free

Gallery 1989 is a new space for the Market Photo Workshop. This space is envisaged as an experimental space where students and project partners can push the boundaries of lens-based work. Gallery 1989 functions both as one of the public faces for the Market Photo Workshop, insofar as local and international photographers are hosted, as well as a secondary strategy of training where our students are exposed to professional practice.

Photo Workshop Gallery

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm
Gallery admission is free

As an addition to the training functions of the Market Photo Workshop, a gallery space was launched in 2005 called The Photo Workshop Gallery. With the relocation of the Market Photo Workshop to the Market Square on Margaret Mcingana Road, The Photo Workshop Gallery moved to the ground floor of the new building. Since its inception, The Photo Workshop Gallery has been able to build a strong and consistent audience base through hosting landmark group and solo exhibitions. This tradition continues at its new premises. As with Gallery 1989, the Photo Workshop Gallery functions both as a public face for the Photo Workshop, insofar as local and international photographers are hosted, as well as a secondary strategy of training where our students are exposed to professional practice.