Self-taught Johannesburg based photographer Andile Buka’s photographs of his surroundings and life in this city’s most interesting crevices are an extension of the 25 year old’s quiet and consistent confidence.  I have liked his work since my first encounter with it.  His eye for the ordinary, for black life doing daily unglamorous things is catching.  The above series was taken from the interior of one of Joburg’s most iconic buildings Ponte City, a place I visited for the first time 2 weeks ago while shooting a commercial.  I saw these very views but his photographs do the city scape much more justice than my bare eyes did that day.  I had the pleasure of spending a little bit of time with him at last week’s Studio X Joburg’s event where he presented some of his work and spoke about his growing practice.  He is exhibiting at the Lagos Photo Festival in September and will be traveling to Japan in October to launch his very first publication, a book of his photographs in association with a Japanese publisher who first saw his work online.  What I like about his approach is that he has completely operated outside the gallery system, outside the local publishing industry system, making him a truly independent practitioner who uses the internet and a careful selection of subject to tell his stories.  Follow his work on his site and on Instagram.


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  • Busi says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I just checked out his stuff and I love it. There are photographers that simply capture images,and then there are those that tell stories;he is definitely the latter and I love that.

  • Maxine Schuiling says:

    This is amazing!

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