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Lewis Blackwell wins 2015 American Photo Best Photobook of the Year: Documentary

The Life and Love of the Sea

Lewis Blackwell has won the 2015 American Photo Best Photobook of the Year: Documentary award; the second time in a row he has won this prize.

Blackwell’s books are distributed locally by Quivertree.

In their comments, the judges praise Blackwell for his curatorship and the “oceanic fashion” in which The Life and Love of the Sea, the winning book, was put together:

In his usual oceanic fashion, Lewis Blackwell takes his photographic curatorship into the deep here, collecting work by various photographers (including Art Wolfe, Laurie Campbell and Paul Nicklen) in a vast survey ranging from bug-eyed closeups to sweeping overviews. The text balances poetic swooning with concerned environmentalism. “Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is ocean,” novelist Haruki Murakami is quoted. “All we can see of it with the naked eye is the surface: the skin. We hardly know anything about what’s underneath the skin.”

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About the book

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. The latest in the bestselling ‘Life and love of’ series by Lewis Blackwell. Since time immemorial, humans have been captivated by water. No wonder: It’s the most omnipresent substance on Earth and without it life itself would be impossible. From the plankton that provide more than half of our planet’s oxygen to the blue whale, life in the ocean greatly affects life on land and plays a crucial role in regulating our climate and atmosphere. Combining images from world’s leading marine and nature photographers, and the latest in underwater photography techniques, the bestselling author of The life & love of trees and Rainforest, Lewis Blackwell, explores our innate relationship with the sea – from when our ancestors first emerged from the primordial soup to the sophisticated marine farming industry of today – and why our future depends on preserving and protecting our planet’s single biggest ecosystem.

About the author

Lewis Blackwell has worked as a leading author, editor, and creative director in photography, winning international recognition for his talks, exhibitions, and books. Blackwell is the author of the bestselling The Life & Love of Trees, The Life & Love of Cats, The Life & Love of Dogs, and Rainforest. He was for many years the creative head of Getty Images, the world’s largest photographic agency, and now combines his work in the photographic industry.

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Johnny Clegg Honoured with an OBE in Recognition of His Contribution to Democracy in South Africa

21 IconsJohnny Clegg, musician and anti-apartheid activist, has received an Officer Order of the British Empire (OBE), bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II.

Clegg has been performing in South Africa and abroad for over 30 years, and is well-known for songs like “Scatterlings of Africa” and “Great Heart”. His music was banned and restricted by apartheid South Africa for it’s subversive message, and he continues to be an important voice for freedom and equality.

SA People featured a story on Clegg’s award:

According to British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor, the award is a “recognition of Johnny’s unique services to the Arts, vulnerable people and children and to democracy in South Africa.”

As reported by SAPeople in June, when Johnny heard he was to be awarded, the 62-year-old described the news as a “tremendous moment” and said the award re-energiseshis dreams and commitments to South Africa in a “very special way”.

Clegg was one of the extraordinary South Africans featured in 21 Icons by Adrian Steirn and Harriet Pratten.

Read his profile from the 21 Icons site here:

Johnny Clegg looks like your dad. He is an unassuming white guy who wears reading glasses, and speaks with the considered eloquence of a thinker, a man of letters. Then he will do something to turn that perception upside down. He’ll jump up and dance – not the way your dad does – like a Zulu warrior.

Or he’ll start to sing. His is a voice that does more than resonate. It’s loud, deep, and full of soul. It’s a voice that carries, inspires, and has been heard all over the world. When he sings he is sincere in a way that lacks any self-consciousness, but it’s not an earnestness that can be easily mocked. He’s too relaxed, too confident on stage – just too good at what he does.

He’s not someone who can be reduced to any singular definition. Adding another layer of complexity is the fact that the initial impression of Clegg as a bookish intellectual is not inaccurate. He’s an anthropologist by training, and once taught at Wits University in Johannesburg. He’s published research papers on Zulu dance and music, and has visited and lectured at Dartmouth College in the USA.

Clegg was born in Lancashire, England, and moved to South Africa with his parents. His interest in anthropology, as well as his musical style, can be traced back to when, as a child, Clegg was taken by his father, who was a crime reporter, into the townships of Johannesburg on assignment.

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    21 Icons Documentary Shortlisted at the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival

    21 IconsThe 21 Icons multimedia project is going to Zanzibar!

    Media Update reported that the season one documentary A Journey to Democracy has been shortlisted for the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

    The documentary celebrates of the lives of extraordinary men and women and portraits of all the icons from the first season can be found in the coffee table book 21 Icons by Adrian Steirn and Harriet Pratten.

    Photographer and 21 Icons creator Steirn told Media Update: “It’s an honour to be recognised by the Zanzibar International Film Festival for this body of work.” The festival will run from 18 to 16 July.

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    Adrian Steirn, co-creator, photographer and director of 21 ICONS South Africa says; “It’s an honour to be recognised by the Zanzibar International Film Festival for this body of work. We look forward to screening the film to a global audience and the opportunity to introduce 21 ICONS to Africa and the rest of the world as well as to inspire beyond our nation’s borders. We have dedicated the past six years to seeing our vision unfold and the project has been a labour of love for a team of committed professionals.”

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    Real Meal Revolution Wins 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award (Plus Video: Noakes on LCHF Lifestyle)

    Real Meal RevolutionReal Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award at the annual Sefika Awards dinner held in Durban last night.

    This award is “bestowed upon an author for a book he or she has written that booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year” with organisers noting that the book “helped many a bookseller’s bottom line as it flew off the shelves this year”.

    Tim Noakes recently spoke to Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp on Expresso about the success of this book and the lifestyle behind it. In a debate with Patrick Holford, a nutritional advisor from the UK who does not agree with him, Noakes unpacks the Banting diet and dispels rumours surrounding it.

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    Sydda Essop Receives a Ministerial Award for her Cultural Contribution

     Karoo KitchenKaroo KombuisWe are delighted and excited to announce that Sydda Essop, author of Karoo Kitchen/Karoo Kombuis was awarded the prestigious ‘ministerial award for her cultural contribution’ from the minister of arts and culture Mr Ivan Meyer.

    In a glamorous evening held at the city hall on the 11th of February, the minister had this to say of Sydda Essop:

    On its western outskirts, amongst the gannabos and kambro, stands a sign that declares with great optimism: “Welcome to Space City!” – and it is from this town that the recipient of the next ministerial award hails from: Ms Sydda Essop was born and bred in Beaufort West: her father was also born there after her paternal grandparents arrived in the town from India. Later her father established one of the first cool drink factories – named Sonsap – in the town. Her mother also came from India to live in the Karoo.

    Sydda Essop’s empathy for the community was instilled from an early age and has been part of her value systems and philosophy: During the apartheid regime she played a significant role and served in organisations such as Wynberg Crisis, an organisation that was founded to assist and render support to parents whose children were charged with public violence during the State of Emergency in Cape Town.

    Terwyl sy betrokke was by maatskaplike ontwikkelingsprojekte in die Karoo, is sy blootgestel aan die uitdagings van arm huishoudings in die uitgestreke, halfdorre vlaktes en valleie van die Karoo en het besluit om oor haar wedervarings te skryf: Die lief en leed van gesinne en die verdeling van gemeenskappe op die platteland. In 2011 verskyn ‘n aantal van haar gedigte in Nuwe Stemme 4, uitgegee deur Tafelberg Uitgewers. Volgens Die Burger se resensent Andries Visagie, verryk haar werk die Afrikaanse digkuns met grepe uit die Moslemkultuur. Haar bydrae, saam met ander, bied ‘n ryk verskeidenheid en insig in die Karoo as Afrikaanse hartland. Sy is die stigter van die nie-regeringsorganisasie Karoo Gender wat ondersteunding en bystand bied aan vroue en kinders wat geweld tuis ervaar.

    We at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport came to know her as having a passion for history and heritage: She is currently serving as the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Beaufort West Museum. She has made it her responsibility to ensure that the museum becomes representative and serves the interest of the broader community of Beaufort West and environs.

    Having grown up in the Karoo with traditional Indian food and cooking methods learned from her family, but generously spiced with a multicultural Karoo masala made up of Afrikaner, English, Xhosa, Cape Malay and Khoisan components, it is not surprising that Sydda Essop decided to venture into a new direction when she wrote her own cookbook, entitled Karoo Kitchen. This publication contains traditional recipes, veld remedies and illustrates the diverse culinary arts of the people of the Great Karoo in a fascinating journey into the dry heart of South Africa. One of the reviewers of the book declared that it is much more than just a cookbook: it is an inspiring journey of discovery, heritage and the human spirit. It reminds one of a different time, evoking a rural and small-town domestic life that is hardly recognisable to those of us living in the big city. She pays homage and celebrates in a charming and inclusive manner the cultures and backgrounds of Karoo families and illustrates how similar people’s domestic lives were at a time when institutionalised apartheid was trying hard to make them different. The cookbook is also the source for the travelling exhibition that you would have seen in the foyer earlier and which is officially launched tonight.

    Ladies and gentlemen, you may have met her earlier and subsequently you would have enjoyed some of the fare from her cookbook: May I now invite Ms Sydda Essop to come to the stage to receive the 2012 ministerial award for her contribution in Cultural Affairs from the Minister.

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    Quivertree Brings Home Four Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

    Reuben Cooks Local Karoo KitchenFeast at Home

    We are delighted and excited to announce that we are the winners of no less than 4 awards from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. All these titles will go on to compete for ‘best in the world’. The award ceremony took place in Paris at Le Carrousel du Louvre, under the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum during Paris Cookbook Fair, February 2013.

    • Feast at Home by Franck Dangereux – winner of Best Chef Book in South Africa
    • Feast at Home by Franck Dangereux – winner of Best French Cuisine book in South Africa
    • Karoo Kitchen by Sydda Essop – winner of Best Local Cook Book in South Africa
    • Reuben Cooks Local by Reuben Riffel – winner of Best Photography Cook book in South Africa

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