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Graeme Williams

Date: born 1961, South Africa
Graeme Williams was born in Cape Town in 1961. Though he initially studied geology and statistics at the University of Cape Town, he worked as a freelance photographer from an early age. Williams settled in Johannesburg in 1988 where he worked for Reuters, covering the resistance to apartheid and the movement towards African National Congress rule. In 1991, Williams joined Afrapix, a highly influential collective of activist photographers committed to socially relevant documentation in opposition to the censorship of the apartheid regime. Later, he founded and managed the South Photographs Agency. Since South Africa’s transition to democracy, he has increasingly concentrated on documentary projects and magazine work, and has been featured in Paul Weinberg’s Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, and his photo essay The Edge of Town has been published as a monograph. Williams’ photography has been exhibited in South Africa, Europe, Australia and the United States.

Williams’ solo exhibitions include Rencontres de Bamako in Mali in 2011, RAW Materials Company in Dakar, Senegal in 2011, Galerie Peter Hermann in Berlin in 2009 and Haugesund in Norway in 2008. His work is held in a number of permanent collections, including The Smithsonian Institute, The Apartheid Museum, the Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology and The South African National Gallery. His photographs have been published in international publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune and The Guardian.

In 2013 Williams was awarded the POPCAP ‘13 Prize for Contemporary African Photography. That same year, Williams’ project, A city refracted, won the artist the Ernest Cole Award.

Graeme Williams lives and works in South Africa.


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