Art Term

Afrapix

Afrapix was a photographers' collective and agency founded in South Africa in 1982 which encouraged its members to use photography as activism

Guy Tillim, ‘Protesters calling for a boycott of the elections, central Kinshasa, July 2006’ 2006
Guy Tillim
Protesters calling for a boycott of the elections, central Kinshasa, July 2006 2006
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© Guy Tillim

Afrapix played a seminal role in the development of socially informed documentary photography in South Africa, producing some of the most compelling images of apartheid in the 1980s.

The group challenged the role of the photographer as a witness to events, by establishing underground political organisations that formed part of the resistance arts movement. They believed in using their skills as photographers to bring about change within the country and became leading proponents of what became known as struggle photography.

The collective dissolved in 1991, but many of its members continued to work as documentary photographers including Santu Mofokeng, Omar Badsha, Lesley Lawson, Paul Weinberg, Biddy Partridge, Mxolise Mayo, Gille de Vlieg and Guy Tillim.

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Selected artists in the Collection

Artist

Santu Mofokeng

dates not known
Artist

Guy Tillim

born 1962

Selected artworks in the Collection