10 minutes with Thabiso Sekgala

Interviews with Photographers August 28, 2013 10:23 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

My Father was not an artist, never bought me a camera as a gift when I was young.
Actually when I was young I never even knew that photography was a career, growing up in the Soweto and the rural South Africa, the only contact with photography was through my relative who made money by photographing weddings and parties, but I guess looking at a lot of movies, there was something about making film that really sparked my interest in image-making, so actually my dream was more on film-making. So Film Schools in South Africa, they are mostly expensive – meaning that people who manage to study film are the rich kids, so I discovered a school of photography in Johannesburg – Market Photo Worksop – that made it easy for people who could not afford the expensive education to study photographyWhen I started photography it was mainly based on the love of making images, I feel lucky that I am able to even work as a photographer, and it has become my main profession. I only do photography at this moment.

Who were the first photographers that you loved?

I had my training in Documentary school in Johannesburg, so most photographers that I saw in Documentary photography were people like Diana Arbus,Walker Evan, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim, Cedric Nunn, Bob Gosani, David Goldblat, Alf Khumalo – then I became interested in the work of Steven Shore and William Eggliston. I love the fact that they photograph just random and banal things. But also the idea of photographing these far away places.

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

Should have followed my heart more.

Any words of wisdom for the up and coming photographers?

One great photographer said, Photography is Easy Just Do It

Thabisco Sekgaka

Thabiso Sekgala

Thabisco Sekgaka

Thabiso Sekgala

Thabisco Sekgaka

Thabiso Sekgala

Thabisco Sekgaka

Thabiso Sekgala

Thabisco Sekgaka

Thabiso Sekgala

(Thabiso is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. See more of his work, here)

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