Exhibition: Figures & Fictions Giveaway

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Update Friday 10 June 2011 2:07PM
The competition is now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

Update Friday 10 June 2011 3:12PM
Congratulations to James Maritz! James won himself a copy of Figures & Fictions – Contemporary South African Photography. Look out for more competitions on Orms Connect, including our Monthly Giveaway – we’ve already got a great prize lined up for June!

James’ comment:
“Mikhael Subotzky = love the creative absurdity of his shot.”

Mike Ormrod and Jen Ferrini were fortunate enough to recently attend the Figures & Fictions – Contemporary South African Photography exhibition, which is currently on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition focusses on the work of 17 South African photographers. All of the images on show are related to South Africa’s political and photographic past, and were taken between 2000 and 2010.

Figures & Fictions “features works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today. The exhibition presents the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics.” Visit the official site for more information.

A Figures & Fictions coffee table book accompanies the exhibition, and we’ll be giving one away to one of our lucky readers. Please see the competition entry requirements at the bottom of the post.

The photographers:
Jodi Bieber
Kudzanai Chiurai^
Hasan and Husain Essop*^
David Goldblatt*
Pieter Hugo*^
Terry Kurgan
Sabelo Mlangeni
Santu Mofokeng
Zwelethu Mthethwa
Zanele Muholi*^
Jo Ractliffe*
Berni Searle
Mikhael Subotzky*^
Guy Tillim
Roelof Petrus Van Wyk
Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko
Graeme Williams

* Printing done by Orms Prophoto Lab
^ Framing done by Framed By Orms

How to enter:
If you aren’t already a fan of the Orms Direct Facebook page, please like it and then leave a comment on this blog post, simply stating which artist inspires you the most. The winner will be chosen at random.

1) The competition is open to all South African residents, 18 or older.
2) The winner will be selected randomly, and will need to be a fan of Orms Direct on Facebook.
3) Only one comment/entry per person will count. If you leave more than one comment, it will only count as one entry.
4) The competition closes Friday 10 June 2011 at 2PM.

Author: Francois W. Nel
  • I must admit that I’m not familiar with the work of many of these photographers but find Pieter Hugo’s photographs quite fascinating.

  • Ginomartiniphotography

    awesome images!

  • Tammy Goldswain

    Jodi Bieber

  • Jessel Sookha

    Husain and Hasan Essop

  • James Maritz

    Mikhael Subotzky = love the creative absurdity of his shot

  • For me all the photographers are inspirational – but to choose one I choose Jodi Bieber who just like the late great Ken Oosterbroek who she was mentored by – her images are real and raw and like a good book – they live on…inspiring, creating awareness and touching people. Never mind the awards & accolades…her work and what she does with it…is simply inspiring…respect!

  • Sofi Buys

    Pieter Hugo – Truth is nothing…what you believe to be true is everything. 

  • Adrian Frost

    I enjoy David Goldblatt and the Essop brothers

  • Robert Raw

    Guy Tillim

  • Crafcor


  • jodi bieber, been blown away by her work for year’s.

  • yvz

    Jodi Bieber :)  with each of her photographs she gives the gift of inspiration.. 

  • Richard Jubber

    Love the “Street party” photograph.

  • Anthony Dyboll

    Josi for the win. Brave, powerful, committed!

  • Vincent Bezuidenhout

    I think Hasan and Husain Essop are doing some interesting stuff at the moment.

  • Jacques van der Merwe

    Most definitely Mikhael Subotzky, very interesting setting…

  • Sanet Wessels

    I think Roelof Petrus van Wyk is awesome!

  • I really enjoy Pieter Hugo’s work.

  • Markseath

    Would love this book on South African life.

  • Stephen Wagener

    Mikhael Subotzky – love his Beaufort-West series – saw it at C/O in Berlin last year.

  • Claire the Phrog

    I have to agree with Mike Barwood on this one.  He took the words out my mouth.  Jodi Bieber is definitely a story teller in her pictures.  You are left wanting to know more and how the story ends.  There are one or two I do not know so I am off to google now :)

  • Fiona Day

    It’s really hard choosing between them all as each artist is amazing in their own unique way, however Jodi Bieber hit me the most as people still don’t realize how beautiful and unique everyone is in their own way , no matter their race/weight/culture…  and she catches this perfectly :) 

  • Bakkes Images

    Jodi Bieber

  • Jodi Bieber is my favorite. I just simply love the work. 

  • The competition is now closed. Thanks for all the entries!