Alumni 2019

Gopolang Thage


Gopolang Thage is a photojournalist, documentary photographer and artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is passionate about documenting and telling stories of the daily lives of local communities. His work focuses largely on issues of land, spirituality, gender-based violence and migration and how these issues intersect to influence personal identity. Thage grew up in Soweto. At the age of 11, he used to buy a newspaper every morning to read and look at the photographs. That is when his love for photography began. Looking at photographs every day taught him to pay attention to what is happening in and around the world. He studied the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at The Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. He later interned at the Johannesburg based media publication, Newframe. Currently, Thage does freelance work for organisations such as GOGO Dineo Ndlanzi Spiritual Institute For Healing. He is working on several projects that he wishes to exhibit locally and internationally. Gopolang draws his inspiration from photographers such as Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Santu Mofokeng, Mujahid Safodien, Jodi Bieber, Alon Skuy and James Oatway.
January 2020