About: Michael




Michael started photography while still at school in Bloemfontein and remained a hobbyist until 1984 when he decided to leave his profession and become a full time photographer. In 1984 he and Adele Gordon established ‘Phototeach’, a Johannesburg-based organisation designed to teach photography. It was the first South African privately run photographic teaching organisation based on the American system of photographic workshops. They also ran three week full-time courses teaching photography to unemployed youths and adults. During 1984 he became the official photographer for a civic organisation and the Alexandra Primary Health Clinic. The clinic was run by the community and led to far-reaching transformation in the provision of primary health care. In 1995 some of his photographs for Alexandra Clinic were exhibited at the Bensusan Museum of Photography in Johannesburg under the title ‘The Critical Years; Alex Clinic 1984 – 1994’ In addition he practiced as a documentary photographer with particular interest in the natural environment. In 2000 he moved to Cape Town where he has continued photographing matters of personal interest including an ongoing investigation into the effects of aging in men.

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Afristock is a collective of photographers and writers whose interests include landscape, social commentary, and documentary photography (concentrating on primary health care and education in SA). Based in South Africa and Portugal the photographers have a deep understanding of the South African environment in all its manifestations and have worked extensively in many other countries.