Books in library shelves hold images that
have shaped history. Familiar names, recognisable images and
anecdotal tales, remind us of the greats in photography. Students
study the trends set by cult figures and established masters.
Experts at Sotheby’s tell you whose work to invest in.
Limited edition prints in gallery walls, sport price tags
commensurate with branding. The market decides. The signature
says it all. The occasional controversy over the veracity
of some historic image may cause a minor blip, but the myths
live on, embalmed by scholars and other experts, who teach
us what to value. A discovery causes a stir, and accolades
follow for the discoverer and the discovered. They reaffirm
the inclusiveness of it all.
Lost amongst the library shelves are some
names that have taken a different route. They have worked
within their own communities, far from the gallery walls.
Some indeed have become household names despite this distance.
Others have moved to the geographical epicentres of the industry.
Each one however, has left an indelible stamp on the community
that nurtured them. They have given hope, inspired and become
role models for many communities that do not exist in those
library tomes, except as a passing canvas of some recognised
Turning their lens around at their own societies
and their own craft, they have asked questions of themselves.
Probing, searching, challenging, they have unsettled their
own universe, asking hard and demanding answers. While discovery
for some have come despite their peripheral role, others remain
unknown, except in the communities they have chosen to immerse
themselves in. This calendar celebrates the vision, the tenacity
and the enormous skills of these individuals, rare in any
society, who have chosen to make a difference. It pays homage
to their unwritten history.