13/09/2018

Viva! | Market Photo Workshop winner of the 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award

Blog / By Lusanda Zokufa
Photo: Awarded Market Photo Workshop by Siphosihle Mkhwanazi. Photo: Awarded Market Photo Workshop by Siphosihle Mkhwanazi.

Founded by the late David Goldblatt, the ‘Market’ lives the ideals of socially committed photography.

The 29-year-old Market Photo Workshop has been announced as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award. The Award honours outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and is presented annually to individuals, groups and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies.

The Market Photo Workshop was selected by an esteemed international panel that adjudicated 85 nominations from across the globe.

Founded in 1989 by the recently deceased legendary South African photographer, David Goldblatt, the Market Photo Workshop, a training institution of the Market Theatre Foundation instils and promotes the ideals of socially committed photography. It was the first South African institution to provide photographic training, equipment and support to black South African photographers during the apartheid era, giving huge impetus to the visual expression of black perspectives on local realities, expositing discrimination, injustices and oppression in powerful images. Its graduates which include Zanele Muholi, Jodi Bieber and Sabelo Mlangeni are among the most influential photographers on the African continent.

The official award ceremony will be in December 2018, and will be attended by members of the Dutch Royal Family.