the market photo workshop

Philadelphia Mahlambanyane Makwakwa

a womanist, writer, photo and documentary journalist, human rights defender and activist.

Born in Louis Trichardt, raised and living in Daveyton, Benoni. Shades of a Woman is her pseudo name. As Shades she is the plurality in which she depicts her work in order to signal the similarity between her previous and present encounters with people, socio-economics or human rights situations she finds herself in. This further, stimulates her creativity to write or photograph as a storyteller and to critique and reappraise to archive a virtual history of black excellence and anguish. Similarly, as Shades she is relatively obscure in her retirement to question the self to explore her work, to open her collective history and contribute to the ensuring of a preservation of Black lives in history. Thus, to document the continuation of Black rebellion and emancipation from a decade of oppression.

Makwakwa has a BA journalism and communication from the University of Johannesburg, as well as a joint BA honours in Media Studies and Intergrated Organisational Communication from the University of South Africa. She is currently studying at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, in Photojournalism and Documentary photography.