Hilton Arts Festival to play host to the world’s best photographers

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Africa Media Online has established a strong presence at the Hilton Arts Festival this year, hosting both the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 and nine presentations by some of South Africa’s foremost documentary photographers and curators of significant archives, under the banner of DocuFest Africa.

DocuFest Africa is a visual storytelling festival, presenting to the public important African documentary projects and the curation of significant African archives.

“In our work at Africa Media Online of running a picture library and digitising historic collections we are often coming across collections and work that should be seen by a wide audience.

“DocuFest Africa provides the opportunity for that. The interface between those recording history (the media – photographers, filmmakers and journalists) and those who become the custodians of history (heritage professionals – archivists, museologists and librarians) we believe will inspire enduring documentary practice and is an interaction that the Festival seeks to facilitate,” says David Larsen, founder and managing director of Africa Media Online. 

This year DocuFest Africa will be run in conjunction with the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017. Both will be held in the Centenary Centre at Hilton College. The exhibition will be on display in the Raymond Slater Library and DocuFest Africa will be held in Lecture Theatre A.

A ticket to the World Press Photo Exhibition includes entrance into any of the nine DocuFest Africa presentations which present the work of  leading South African photographers and curators.

The line-up includes:

  • Jodi Bieber a multiple award winning South African photographer who won the overall World Press Photo of the Year Award in 2011;
  • Paul Weinberg, co-founder of the famous Afrapix photo agency that documented life under apartheid so extensively; and
  • Andre Odendaal historian and former CEO of Robben Island and CEO of the Western Cape Cricket Union who has been writing the history of non-racial cricket in South Africa.

The presentations will take a form of a talk and visual presentation of the work for 30 to 40 minutes by the photographer or curator and then there will be 20 minutes of interaction with the presenter. Please be aware that there are only 100 seats in the lecture theatre and entry will be on a first come first serve basis.

The photographers highlighted at the festival are: Masixole Feni (Friday, September 15 at 17h30); Matt Kay (Friday, Septmber 15 at 19h30); Ian Bruce Huntley and Chris Albertyn (Saturday, September 16 at 10h00); Jodi Bieber (Saturday, September 16 at 13h00); Siona O’Connell (Satuday, September 16 at 16h00); Peter McKenzie (Saturday, September 16 at 17h15); Paul Weinberg (Saturday, September 16 at 18h30); Andre Odendaal (Sunday, September 17 at 10h00) and Gille De Vlieg (Sunday, September 17 at 13h00). All photographers will be present to talk about their work.

The World Press Photo Exhibition brings global audiences the very best of photojournalism and visual storytelling taken by the world’s foremost professional press, news and documentary photographers.

The images on display are carefully chosen by specialist juries internationally – more than five thousand professional photographers entered more than 80 000 images.

The contest is a massive undertaking and the not-for-profit World Press Photo Foundation is able to achieve this, every year, because it receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Tickets will be sold on the landing of the staircase leading up to the Raymond Slater Library. Tickets can also be purchased ahead of the event online.  Cost: R120 for adults and R65 for children under 16 and pensioners with a pensioners card and
R40 for school groups of over 10 scholars.

For more information visit http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za/ or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. All inquiries: 033 383 0126 / 7 or festival@hiltoncollege.com. Booking enquiries: tickets@hiltoncollege.com

The full Africa Media Online DocuFest programme can be viewed on http://media.africamediaonline.com/festivals/docufest-africa-2017/

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