“Each image is a captured moment, a reminder of my own journey as my privileged interaction with other people. Each image triggers a particular memory – a smell, or a sense of that moment. Above all, though, it’s the experience of travelling that quickens the spirit. It’s the fleeting impression of things – a particular moment on a river bank as your boat drifts past it, a subliminal response when you’re walking in the bush – that ignites the creative spark before the shutter fires.”

from Travelling Light

About Paul Weinberg

Paul Weinberg is a South African-born photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educationist and archivist. He began his career in the late 1970’s by working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign countries.

He was a founder member of Afrapix and South, the collective photo agencies that gained local and international recognition for their uncompromising role in documenting apartheid, and popular resistance to it. From 1990 onwards he is increasingly concentrated on feature rather than news photography. His images have been widely exhibited and published, both locally and abroad. He also initiated several major photographic projects, notably Then and Now, a collection of photographers from the collective photographic movement of the 1980s, Umhlaba, a project on land and The Other Camera about vernacular photography in South Africa.

In 1993 Weinberg won the Mother Jones International Documentary Award for his portrayal of the fisherfolk of Kosi Bay, on South Africa’s north coast. He has taught photography at the Centre of Documentary Studies at Duke University, and Masters in Documentary Arts at UCT. He currently works as an independent curator, archivist and photographer.

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