The Extended Body - a Workshop by Jenny Altschuler
A 4 month weekly lecture and workshops series on the history and discourses surrounding the photography of the human body, ending in an exhibition of work produced by participants to the workshops.
Part Time Evening Course
During November Shani Judes ran a successful 5 week course offering an assistants grounding to enable participants to understand more about the Cape Town Photographic industry and photographic assisting within it. Participants were encouraged to be able to recognize and familiarize themselves with studio equipment, accessories, procedures, terminology and the expectations of any photographer they would be assisting. The participants, who had to already have a basic understanding and knowledge of photography, visited professional equipment and hiring facilities and a professional commercial studio. They received a basic introduction to digital capture systems used in studio environments.
Zones of Poverty
Zones of Poverty was an initiative between the Cape Town City Council and the Centre for Photo. In 1999 the Cape Town City Council Department of Community Development approached the Centre for Photography to run a photographic project in a number of disadvantaged communities in greater Cape Town. The project was intended to teach two residents of each township the basic photographic skills, give each candidate a camera and then ask them to photograph their living environments for a period of two months. Their photographs were used as a visual report to the City. Based on the imaged taken by this group, the City Council was able to improve its service delivery to these communities.
Tania Malgas jumped at the opportunity to photograph her neighbourhood in Manenberg. The 19-year-old matriculated from Emil Weder School in the Boland and dreams of being a journalist someday. And so she understands the marriage between photography and writing and said she wanted to tell the story of Manenberg like it has never been told before. When she saw the city council notice about this course at a library she grabbed the opportunity and with her new camera, tried to do just that.
lives must change. Their way of life is passed onto their children and
then onto their children. The adults sit in the parks with their friends
and drink, which attract all the bad elements, leaving the children to
play in the streets. Their attitudes must change.
"Jobs won't come soon, but if the government can help us make Manenberg beautiful again, we will at least know that we are not excluded from Cape Town as the rest of it gets developed."
hoping that the tornado was a violent wake up for the people of Manenberg
so that they can "start doing things with their own hands".
In March 2001 the Zimbabwe Association of Photographers (ZAP) approached the South African Centre for Photography to curate a South African exhibition for the annual ZAP exhibition at the Zimbabwe National Gallery in Harare. Scheduled to open in August, the exhibition will also be shown during the Cape Town Month of Photography in March 2002.
The title given to participating South African photographers was "Topography" and photographers were asked to give consideration to the terms "landscape" "social landscape" and "land ownership" but were not limited to the traditional photographic representations associated with landscape photography. As a result we received an eclectic mix of photographs reflecting a diverse response by the different photographers.
The photographers who had work selected for "Topography" were asked to donate their images to the Centre for Photography to assist the Centre in assembling a collection of travelling exhibitions for future events.