Rafs Mayet



Rafs Mayet, Cedric Nunn and Deseni Soobben at artSPACE durban

'LIGHTS, CAMERA, FIRE' - ?A Photographic Exhibition with images by AfraPix photographers:

All three photographers were contributors to Afrapix Photo Agency in the eighties. This exhibition – far from being a comprehensive overview of the important role AfraPix played in communicating and archiving key years in South Africa’s transition – is more of a selection of images by the three photographers combining images not covered by the mainstream media of the day. Interspersed with the social commentary are personal photographs by the three photographers. The exhibition is both a personal and the political narrative of a South African prior to the first democratic general elections.
AfraPix was a national collective of progressive photographers. They had a KZN office in Omar Badsha’s darkroom in Good Hope Centre in Queen / Denis Hurley Street. Some of the photographers attached to the project were Peter Mackenzie, Paul Weinberg, Omar Badsha, Lesley Lawson, Biddy Partridge, Wendy Schewegmann, Jeeva Rajgopaul, Myron Peters, Gille De Vlieg, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim, Giselle Wulfsohn and others.

Deseni Soobben is currently a lecturer with Durban University of Technology Journalism Department at City Campus.  Her work with AfraPix included photographs of the emerging UDF, violence torn KZN Midlands, civil protest action which were distributed across the world. She worked at City Press with S’bu Mngadi and Fred Khumalo and started lecturing at DUT when it was still ML Sultan. Her specialist areas of interest are photography, media, culture and gender, and, to this end, have written a paper on the photographic representation of women in the print media.
Cedric Nunn was one of the prominent photographers documenting the resistance against apartheid in the 1980s. In 1984 he was part of a team of photographers documenting South Africa’s first democratic election for the Independent Electoral Commission. From 1998 to 2000 he served as director of the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. He teaches and mentors local and foreign photography students and serves on the board of the Bensusan Museum of Photography in Johannesburg. He has also taught at the Wits Business School of the Arts, New York University Tisch School of Arts exchange programme and the School for International Training.
Rafique (Rafs) Mayet has explored a myriad jobs – including producing for Capital Radio. In 1983 Omar Badsha taught him the basics of photography and he started working on the Daily Dispatch in East London, the New African in Durban and he became a member of AfraPix. He has participated in numerous exhibitions – in South Africa and abroad. He also worked for the IEC during the first election in 1994. He is perhaps best known for capturing moments of musical brilliance – especially in the genre of jazz. He has been a recipient of a 'Too Little Too Late Award' from CFAD.

14 October 2013 - 26 October 2013