About

PhotographyAndDemocracy.com is the home of a video project about photography and democracy in South Africa. Here you can view a series of video interviews – to be published in succession – with South African photographers. They tell us about some of their work and share their thoughts about South Africa, then and now.

Here are links to the blog posts as the interviews were added with photographers:

Cedric Nunn              Jodi Bieber            David Goldblatt            Mack Magagane            Santu Mofokeng

Themba Hadebe              Graeme Williams             Paul Weinberg            Gille de Vlieg

Made with South African photo students in mind, the interviews are a little longer than one would normally see on the TV news or information-age web publications. I wanted to try to capture and share the experience of listening to a mentor.

A photographer myself and sometimes a guest lecturer in photojournalism here in South Africa, I often wished I had more materials with which to prepare my lectures – especially when it comes to events here in South Africa. I like showing examples throughout history during which photographic documentation of events played a big role in protecting human rights and upholding democratic values.

There are few places where photography played as big of a role in shaping a democracy as it did here in South Africa. Photographers risked their lives to show the outside world what life was like under Apartheid, and to document the struggle against it.

Although a wealth of books and films has already been produced, these resources are not always accessible to everyone. So I thought this website might be useful to other tutors, students and photo enthusiasts in general. Fortunately many of the photographers I ask for an interview agree to participate. And luckily, the Open Society Foundation For South Africa thought it was a good idea too, and decided to sponsor the project.

Over time, I hope the PhotographyAndDemocracy.com series of video interviews will provoke interesting discussions about photography and South Africa’s democracy – in its current state, and for the future.

See you here!
Eva-Lotta Jansson

To get notified when new interviews are added, sign up for e-mail updates. (This project is completed, and e-mail updates are not sent out at the moment. The funding for this project was finished long ago, but the author of the project, Eva-Lotta Jansson, is keeping it up as a service to the public. Should you wish to sponsor it’s upkeep, please get in touch. Or, please use the tip jar, which will soon be added to each film. Cheers!)

A Note on Copyright: The videos and other content on this site are copyrighted materials. The photographs you see in the videos are courtesy and copyright of the photographers who made them available for their interviews. The videos and associated writings on this site are copyright Eva-Lotta Jansson. Special care has been taken in preventing unauthorized video shares and downloads. So please enjoy the video interviews on PhotographyAndDemocracy.com while connected to the internet. You can also project your laptop onto a screen in the classroom. And if you feel the need to quote a sentence or two, please give proper credit and attribution.