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How the Market Photo Workshop Has Invested in South African Photographers

Lekgetho Makola

As a school of photography, a gallery, and a project space, 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. Since it was founded in 1989 by world-renowned photographer David Goldblatt, 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.

Lekgetho Makola, the head of the Market Photo Workshop, and alumnus Lebohang Kganye recently came together at an event honoring the organization’s legacy. The talk reflects on the work and impact of Market Photo Workshop as a point of departure to explore the role of photography in constructing personal and historical memory, and shaping contemporary culture, in the context of South Africa.

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