Graeme Williams Wins 2013 Ernest Cole Award

Congratulations to Graeme Williams who is the winner of the 2013 Ernest Cole Award. His submission ‘in da city’ explores Johannesburg’s inner city. The announcement on the Ernest Cole Award site says:
The study explores Johannesburg’s inner city which has served as a first stop for many new arrivals since its formation as a mining town many years ago, yet is a city that has always been vibrant and is in a constant state of flux. Graeme portrays ‘da city’ in a dreamlike, tourist way as if one were a tourist that is approaching a foreign place with the associated disorientation that comes with this. The body of work is an attempt to avoid a critical observational photojournalistic approach and to rather approach the subject with a softer outsider’s gaze. Williams has a long history of looking critically at issues in South Africa and the continent. He has published and exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad.
Graeme managed South Photographs for a number of years in the 2000’s where I has a lot of interaction with him as we built South’s first online archive. He then turned to focus on his own photographic work. I look forward to seeing the output from this grant.
View Graeme’s website
You might also want to view Eva-Lotta Jansson’s fascinating interview with Graeme about his work on Photography and Democracy.

Youth and police in Tokoza, 1991. PHOTO: Graeme Williams / South Photographs / Africa Media Online