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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.”

Watch the beautiful trailer for The Life and Love of the Sea:

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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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Flashback Friday: Watch Legendary Drum Photographer Ranjith Kally’s Honorary Doctorate Speech

Memory Against ForgettingRanjith Kally, whose iconic photographs are collected in Memory Against Forgetting, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013.

UKZN has shared a video of Kally’s speech when the honour was bestowed on him.

In the speech, Kally speaks about his humble beginnings in Isipingo, a small town on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. His father worked on a sugar plantation, and his mother was a housewife. “My sister, my brother and I were like any other kids in the neighbourhood,” he says.

When he finished school, Kally had to go to work in a shoe factory to contribute to his family’s income. He could have stayed there but he says, “I knew life had something better in store for me.” He picked up his first camera at a jumble sale, and eventually secured a job at Drum magazine.

Watch the video to learn more about Kally’s story:

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Amazing Unseen Pictures in Memory Against Forgetting by Ranjith Kally Teach History

Memory Against ForgettingNamritha Sivsanker recently featured Ranjith Kally’s beautiful collection of photographs, Memory Against Forgetting, on her popular blog My Eye on the World.

Paging through the book, Sivsanker writes that she “learnt a bit of history tonight just by viewing these photographs”, urging readers to buy the book for “some amazing unseen pictures”.

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Kally’s pictures date back over 60 years and at the age of 79 he held his debut solo exhibition in 2004.

If he had to live his life again, Kally says it would as a photographer because “there’s no profession in the world like it ”.

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21 Icons Season III Going Strong – Meet the Latest Extraordinary Young Heroes

21 IconsBy now, the 21 Icons project needs no introduction.

It is one of the biggest and most beautifully illustrated celebrations of real heroes in South Africa, with two successful seasons featuring the older generation and a third ongoing series showcasing a younger generation of everyday heroes.

Since we last looked in on the project, reporting that the young South African photographer Gary van Wyk has now taken the reigns from Adrian Steirn, six more icons have been featured. They are climate activist Catherine Constantinides, fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo, social entrepreneur Thato Kgatlhanye, entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane, ability activist Michaela Mycroft and scientist Ashley Uys.

Visit the 21 Icons website to see their profiles, short films and stunning photographs:


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Rachael Hale McKenna Captures the Joy and Beauty of French Daily Life in For the Love of Provence

For the Love of ProvenceQuivertree is proud to present For the Love of Provence by Rachael Hale McKenna and Peter Mayle:

Not yet noon, and the temperature is in the mid-eighties and rising. Summer has set in. Fresh figs for breakfast, warm from the sun. Dogs asleep in the shade.

When bestselling photographer Rachael Hale McKenna embarked on a new life in France, it was inevitable that she would turn her talents to capturing the beauty of the world around her.

Evoking a gentle change of pace, McKenna’s imagery immerses us in French daily life: the scenery and unique light that inspired a generation of artists; the ancient villages and fortified towns; the beaches of the glittering Cote d’Azur that draw crowds of tourists; the taste of fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that bursts like summer in the mouth, washed down with a pale and blushing rosé.

Illuminated with text by Peter Mayle, author of the bestselling A Year in Provence and A Good Year, For the Love of Provence is at heart a joie de vivre: a joyous celebration of this historic province of southeastern France that has so captivated artists, writers, lovers, and travelers for generations.

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21 Icons Season III to Focus on Young South Africans with Gary van Wyk Behind the Camera

A young South African photographer has taken over the reigns from 21 Icons photographer Adrian Steirn, bringing a new perspective to the highly acclaimed documentary photography project.

21 Icons21 Icons is an intriguing visual journey celebrating the lives, achievements and essential goodness of some of South Africa’s greatest citizens, including heros like Nelson Mandela (the inspiration for the project), Desmond Tutu, Gcina Mhlope, Nadine Gordimer and Pieter-Dirk Uys. It combines fine-art portraits, short films, written narratives and a feature length documentary.

Season one chronicled “A Journey to Freedom” and season two looked at “The Promise of Freedom” – both shot in black in white. Season three will focus on “The Future of a Nation” with Gary van Wyk stepping out from behind the scenes to become the main 21 Icons photographer with Steirn stepping in as behind-the-scenes photographer. This new season will be done in colour, focussing on the younger generation of South Africans.

“We’ve got a young South African shooting the best of young South Africa – there is something very, very beautiful about that,” Steirn says in the short film shot to introduce Van Wyk to fans of the 21 Icons project.

Read Van Wyk’s short biography and watch the showreel on him to see what you can expect from this exciting new season of 21 Icons:

Gary Van Wyk is a South African photographer whose passion for exploration and ability to connect with people have seen him document some of the most notable individuals and moments of his country’s young democracy.

Van Wyk’s journey as a photographer began during an internship at Independent Newspapers in 2003. Still a student at the time, he was quickly hired and started to work as a full-time photographer for the news group. Since then, working both for various media houses and in his own capacity, Van Wyk’s images have gone on to appear in numerous local and international publications. He has gained access to some of the 21st century’s most significant people, travelling across the globe while on assignment. Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Desmond Tutu are among Van Wyk’s most notable subjects, and he has worked in locations as remote and diverse as Nepal, New York, the Amazon rainforest and the mountains of the Caucasus.

In recent years Van Wyk has been a crucial part of 21 Icons Seasons I and II, capturing the nuances and intimate moments of each shoot for in his distinctive reportage style. In Season III, Van Wyk takes over from Adrian Steirn as the principal portrait photographer for the season, making a departure from the black-and-white photographs that defined past seasons by choosing to shoot each portrait in colour. The move is a photographic tribute to the energy and vision that drives the icons of Season III, South Africa’s next generation of leaders and influencers.

Van Wyk is based in Cape Town, where he works at Ginkgo Agency.

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So far visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga, activist Jes Foord, community leader Thulani Madondo and Africa’s top wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole have been featured. The other 17 young icons will be revealed every week up to 14 February 2016 when the last round will be published online.

Visit the 21 Icons website to see their profiles, short films and stunning photographs:


Read MyJoburg‘s report on season three and their interview with both photographers:

While this generation does not have a foot in the past, only a respect for it, each of these icons has already started a compelling journey to make good on those opportunities afforded by their forefathers. Often, they have been motivated by the pursuit of a personal goal, but their struggle to achieve their objectives has impacted positively on those around them. In overcoming their personal challenges, these people have proved themselves to be selfless individuals who act for the benefit and greater good of others – true icons.

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Don’t Miss Ranjith Kally’s Memory Against Forgetting Photographic Exhibition at the Shared History Festival

Memory Against ForgettingThe annual Shared History Festival will close this year with an exhibition of the work featured in Memory Against Forgetting, a solo collection that chronicles the work of Ranjith Kally, on September 25.

Kally is one of South Africa’s most prolific and important photojournalists, and his work offers a first-hand, on-the-ground perspective of a country in upheaval. The collection features images from pivotal historic moments and landmark political events, as well as portraits.

Kally’s work has appeared at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Nobel Peace Center Commemoration of South African Nobel Peace Laureates in 2009. Kally worked at Drum, alongside such distinguished names as Jürgen Schadeburg, Alf Khumalo and Ernest Cole.

Don’t miss the chance to see it for yourself!

About the festival:

Shared History, which has become a regular feature on the South African cultural scene, is an annual festival which showcases the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Indian subcontinent in South Africa, in a way which explores the shared artistic bond and cultural history of the two countries and their recent pasts. Begun in 2007, the festival is brought to the country in collaboration with the High Commission of India in South Africa and is presented over a period of 4-6 weeks, usually between the months of August to October. The hallmark of the festival has always been its focus on dazzling events in the genre of Music, Dance, Theatre and Literature – but increasingly these have been overlaid with additions such as Yoga, Food, Handicrafts, Textiles and Comedy.

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