Monday 15 January 18:00 - 20:00

IAS Forum, G17, South Wing
Gower Street

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IAS Book Launch: The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa


Join us for the launch of Julie Bonzon's book The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa and the 'Born Free' Generation: Remaking Histories


This study presents the history of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) in Johannesburg and works produced by its new generation of photography students.
Founded in 1989 by internationally renowned documentary photographer David Goldblatt, the MPW has reflected upon South African political struggles and sociocultural changes since its creation. Its foundation parallels a moment in time when photography was considered a ‘truth telling’ genre and an essential source of documents deployed against the apartheid regime.
This book reflects on the evolution of the MPW in the post-apartheid era and explores how its new generation of students engages the photographic tradition of this institution and the revolutionary times that accompanied its creation to question their present moment.

The event will be chaired by Mark Sealy. Darren Newbury (University of Brighton) is confirmed as speaker.


Dr Julie Bonzon is an independent art historian and photography curator. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at UCL in 2020. Bonzon has worked on curatorial and education projects for the Cultural Department of Magnum Photos London, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Ian Parry Scholarship and private photography collectors. She has written for several publications, including L’Oeil de la Photographie, Nataal and the catalogue of the 10th Bamako Biennale and delivered papers in international institutions, notably the British Museum in London and l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. Bonzon is the Founder of The Photographic Collective, an online platform to present the work and connect lens-based artists active in Africa. She joined Messums London as Director of Photography in February 2021.

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