Wednesday, October 10, 2012

David Goldblatt
Photo: Lily Goldblatt

b. 1930, Randfontein, South Africa David Goldblatt taught himself the fundamentals of photography while working toward a degree in commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and helping with his father’s menswear store. After his father’s death in 1962, he sold the business and turned to photography full-time. Goldblatt is one of the most… [Read more…]

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kendell Geers

b. 1968, Johannesburg In the late 1980s, Kendell Geers was exiled from South Africa when he refused to join the South African Defense Force. During this period, he lived in the United Kingdom and New York City, returning in 1990 after the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners. He currently lives and works… [Read more…]


Andrew Esiebo

b. 1978, Lagos Upon being given a camera in 2000, Nigerian Andrew Esiebo began to teach himself photography. Over the last decade, his portraits have garnered international recognition. Esiebo’s photographic work is primarily concerned with the lives of Africans, revealing often overlooked subtleties and exploring issues of sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, and emigration.… [Read more…]

Photo: Mishka Henner

Mary Ellen Carroll

b. 1961, Danville, IL Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll obtained her BS in minerals and land management, geology, and finance, with a minor in fine art, at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986, having studied filmmaking with Stan Brakhage; she graduated from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, with a MFA in… [Read more…]

Photo: Michael Isabell

Sophie Calle

b. 1953, Paris Parisian-born Sophie Calle spent several years traveling the world in the 1970s, only to find herself feeling alone and disconnected from the city upon her return. To deal with this sense of disassociation, she began following people she encountered as they moved throughout Paris, engaging with the city through its inhabitants. Her… [Read more…]

Photo courtesy of the artist

Zoulikha Bouabdellah

b. 1977, Moscow Zoulikha Bouabdellah spent her childhood in Algeria, moving to France with her family at the age of sixteen to escape the civil war. She graduated from the École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy-Pontoise, France, in 2002 and currently splits her time between Paris and Casablanca. Working in a wide variety of mediums,… [Read more…]

Photo: Carlos Alba

Dineo Seshee Bopape

b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa Dineo Seshee Bopape majored in painting and sculpture at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, receiving her national diploma in fine arts in 2002 and graduating cum laude with a bachelors technology degree in fine arts in 2004. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and… [Read more…]

Photo courtesy of Stevenson Johannesburg and Cape Town

Jelili Atiku

b. 1968, Lagos Jelili Atiku graduated with honors from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, in 1998 with a BA in fine arts. He went on to receive a MA in visual arts from the University of Lagos, Akoka in 2006. Referring to himself as a “human rights artist,” he advocates in his work social, economic,… [Read more…]

Photo: Kane Cunningham

Joël Andrianomearisoa

b. 1977, Antananarivo, Madagascar Joël Andrianomearisoa studied at the Institut Métiers Arts Plastiques before moving to Paris to study architecture at the École Spéciale d’Architecture. In France, Andrianomearisoa began to explore the visual arts, and his current artistic practice encompasses everything from video, fashion, design, and sculpture to photography, performance, and installation, often blurring the… [Read more…]

Photo: Patrice Sour

Kelechi Amadi-Obi

b. 1969, Owerri, Nigeria Kelechi Amadi-Obi studied law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, but after graduating from law school he decided to pursue a career as a full-time artist. Working in fashion, advertising, and fine art, he has garnered international attention over the last two decades. Originally a painter who used photographs as an… [Read more…]

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