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Mhlambi’s lifelong love of photography

09 September 2018 9:00 AM
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Mhlambi’s lifelong love of photography

Johannesburg - Renowned photographer Siphiwe Mhlambi captured moments of the exploration of jazz musicians’ performances and self-expressions while playing their instruments.

The product of his lenswork is a photographic exhibition called Expressions, which opened at the FotoZA gallery in Rosebank on Thursday evening.

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe and his wife, Gugu Mtshali, were a few of the high-profile guests who graced the opening night.

“I am inspired by Mhlambi’s work. He is such an incredible lensman. I was blown away when he took my wedding pictures four years ago,” said Motlanthe.

“I started photographing the jazz icons, the likes of Hugh Masekela and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, just to mention a few, 30 years ago. It was not an easy journey because at the time black photographers were not given a right platform to express their talent,” Mhlambi told the guests.

The audience, drawn to the life of the musicians and their music, gave positive feedback on the exhibition.

“I started photographing the jazz icons the likes of Hugh Masekela, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and just mention a few 30 years ago. It was not an easy journey because at the time black photographers were not given a right platform to express their talent,” Mhlambi told the guests.

He said he was introduced to camera at an early age when he was an orphan.

The audience gave positive feedback on the exhibition as they were drawn to the life of the musicians and the music.

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Source: channel24.co.za

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