Gaelen Pinnock - Untitled 2006
Event photos: Michelle de Kock and Michiel Kotze , graduates of CityVarsity
Talking Images 2007 series, started early in 2007 again as a 3 part event of photographic Live Exhibitions coordinated by Jenny Altschuler for the South African Centre for Photography, and was highly successful. Held at the Biocafe in the CityVarsity School of Media and Creative Arts Complex, as part of the X-Cape Festival 2007, this earlier event drew crowds of eighty to a hundred people a night. Consisting of 3 evenings of photographic presentations by various photographers and photographic artists, an interesting mix of genres of photography was shown and interesting dialogue between the photographers and the audience entered into on each occasion. The delicious snacking intervals turned out to be fertile networking time too and much later discussion generated from these interactions.
Whether the portfolios shown were edits from work in progress or final bodies of work did not seem to be the issue here. An unusual acceptance that people were at different stages of their career and at different points within their personal photographic endeavors was evident. Encouraged by Altschuler to put aside the usual prejudices that divide most photographic communities, the discussions seemed to be within the contexts of visual literacy and image production. Among the photographers showing on the 3 nights, (8 portfolios per night of which 2 were a compilation of many young photographers work), were Jan Verboom, Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit, Matt Jordaan, Dale Yudelman, Tracey Derrick, Gaelen Pinnock, Alistair Berg, Adam Letch and Jackie Sinclair, Jenny Altschuler, Jackie Murray, Eric Miller, The Icon Photographers Group under Garth Stead, Isgak Stemmet, Mandla Manyakama and the Ilisu Labantu Street photographer group under Alistair Berg, Thomas Niemeyer, Grant Steinfeld, Peter Badenhorst, Dale Washkansky, Mark Wessels and Jeremy Jowell.
portfolios of work shown were of a high standard in general with
in the meetings was a mixture of professionals related to the
July and October saw two more successful Talking image events. The 2007 series culminated on MONDAY 15 October when 8 photographers presented their photographic portfolios with audience participation and interesting dialogue, discussing various parameters of photography. This time Altschuler included a supporting act of a selection of younger image makers, still on their way up the rungs of the career ladder. Sivan Miller, a matric student at Herzlia School and winner of the Cape Province Art award of 2007, showed the body of photographic work that won the award. Adriaan Mostert and peers, students from CityVarsity Film department, showed and spoke about their 3 minute movies prepared during their course projects.
The main act was the climax with photographers at the peak of their creativity and careers showing a wide selection of genres of photography. There were photo reportage and feature stories of Nikki Rixon and Buyaphi Mdledle, philosophical underwater sequences of Roger Horrocks, conceptual colour abstractions of Dylan Colhen and highly sophisticated commercial advertising photographs of Russel Smith.