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Media Release: Duotone Photographic Exhibition exhibits the finest in jazz photography

Cape Town International Jazz Festival once again hosts the prestigious Duotone Photographic Exhibition on Wednesday 28 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Duotone captures the history of jazz music in South Africa and tells its story through the eyes of internationally acclaimed photographers. The exhibition is free to the public on Thursday 29 March and runs at the CTICC from 28 to 31 March.

This year the Duotone Gallery will exhibit works from Shelley Christians (SA), Nuno Martins (Angola) and Sipho Maluka (SA).

Shelley Christians' interest in photography first peaked when she was a high school student studying with George Hallet. She says about the life-affirming realisation, "There was no doubt about it, for the rest of my life I would be looking through a lens." Since that moment, she decided to pursue a career in photography studying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After graduating, she first worked as a freelancer for a multi-media company taking photographs and running the photographic department. Thereafter she worked as a wild life photographer. She cites these two jobs as laying the foundation for her career.

Nuno Martins has been involved in the art of visual medium for most of his life. He was born in Angola and spent most of his childhood there. He completed his High School at Madeira Island in Portugal. Thereafter he moved to Lisbon to study at the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing where he pursued photography, visual culture media and communication.

For a while thereafter, Martins pursued work in television and theatre in Lisbon, always consumed by the visual medium. Martins' work in the television industry includes covering several international fashion shows in Europe and Brazil. During this time, he focused on a visual project which involved HIV/AIDS and this later had a huge impact on his photographic proposals. Upon returning to Angola, Martins was invited to collaborate with an Angolan TV channel, in charge of mixing and production. He was also invited to contribute as a photographer to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo held in Angola.When Martins finally embraced photography as a freelancer, he was given the role as the official photographer at the Luanda Jazz Festival from 2009-2011. He has since been strongly involved with photography in the jazz scene. Prominent musicians he has photographed include William Parker, John Zorn and Wadada Leo Smith.

Sipho Phillip Maluka has spent the last two decades as a photographer. He was born in 1965 in Mpumalanga and completed his schooling career in Newcastle. Thereafter he moved to Johannesburg and briefly studied broadcasting, but never pursued it as a career. Instead he was more interested in the still image and the value of photography. He thereafter pursued various photographic workshops and studies at the Market Theatre, Photo Teach and Digital Photographic in Johannesburg. Maluka has an extensive jazz photography portfolio. Major jazz icons that Maluka has previously photographed include the legendary South African songbird Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa.

He cites those who have influenced and assisted him in learning about photography in a huge way as the late Joe Sefale,Bongani Mnguni,Chris Kotzee and Mike Mzileni. He says, "I value the lessons I learnt from them above everything else."

“Photography is an important means of documenting history. Without capturing events and moments in time, this history would be lost. The exhibition aims to show the public what a powerful art form photography is and what emotion and enjoyment it can conjure for the beholder,” says Rashid Lombard, Festival Director.

Exhibitors from the past include the likes of Alf Khumalo, Mike Mzileni, Basil Breakey, Fanie Jason, George Hallett, William Ellis, Herman Leonard and Uli Pschewoschny. Many of the images are exclusively premiered at the exhibition and they continue to document the emergence and growth of jazz globally.

With more than 35,000 people in attendance, and all tickets sold out, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has earned the status of being the most prestigious events on the African continent.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place on 30 and 31 March 2011.

Details can be obtained by Clicking Here,


Media wanting to attend the exhibition must please contact:

Njabulo Mngonezulu @ Meropa Communications
+27 11 506 7300
+27 83 610 9882

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