Class of 2021

Tebello Victoria Potlwane


Tebello Victoria Potlwane was born and raised in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg. Potlwane completed a Tourism N6 (National) Certificate at the Northern Cape Urban FET(TVET) College in 2009 and is a Damelin College Vaal alumnus, holding a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies, graduated in 2020. She completed the Foundation Course in Photography at the Market Workshop in 2019. Potlwane is currently enrolled in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop, Newtown, Johannesburg in 2021.

Working at a local community publication as a journalist, she found herself advocating for unyielding social issues within her community. Her love for travel and nature permitted her the privilege to work in diverse places like; Untamed Africa, one of the private Concessions in the Kruger National Park near the Numbi gate. As a Nature/Field Guide in Mpumalanga in 2006 she discovered her passion in capturing the beauty of morning skies and wildlife through her camera lens.

Travelling between provinces gave Potlwane an opportunity to explore different spaces of South Africa along with its people. She is interested in preservation and transformation of different cultures within communities. She uses other visual art mediums, alongside photography, like canvas painting as her authorial voice.

Some of the photographers that inspire her work are Santu Mofokeng, Andrew Tshabangu, Alfred (Alf) Khumalo, Seydou Keita and Neo Ntsoma amongst others. Though she perceives herself as a colourful being, Potlwane enjoys black and white portrait photography and photo documentaries