Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Book Launch: The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa and the 'Born Free' Generation

15 January 2024, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

book cover on the left and author on the right

Join us for the launch of Julie Bonzon's book The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa and the 'Born Free' Generation: Remaking Histories

This event is free.

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IAS Forum
G17, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

This study presents the history of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) in Johannesburg and works produced by its new generation of photography students.

Founded in 1989 by internationally renowned documentary photographer David Goldblatt, the MPW has reflected upon South African political struggles and sociocultural changes since its creation. Its foundation parallels a moment in time when photography was considered a ‘truth telling’ genre and an essential source of documents deployed against the apartheid regime.

This book reflects on the evolution of the MPW in the post-apartheid era and explores how its new generation of students engages the photographic tradition of this institution and the revolutionary times that accompanied its creation to question their present moment.

The event will be chaired by Mark Sealy. Darren Newbury (University of Brighton) is confirmed as speaker. 

About the Speakers

Julie Bonzon

Born in Switzerland, Dr Julie Bonzon is an art historian, photography curator, and writer. Following a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2015), she completed an AHRC-funded Ph.D. in the History of Art at University College London (2020), specialising in South African photography. Bonzon has led curatorial and education projects at Magnum Photos, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Ian Parry Scholarship, The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, and The Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She worked at the London gallery Messums as Director of Photography, setting up a new photography department representing international artists, and has since 2019 collaborated with private collectors alongside her curatorial activities. In 2020, she founded The Photographic Collective, a platform featuring lens-based artists living and working in Africa. A book based on her research, titled The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa and the 'Born Free' Generation: Remaking Histories was published by Routledge Photography in 2023. 

Professor Darren Newbury

DDS/Professor of Photographic History at University of Brighton

Darren Newbury joined the University of Brighton in 2013 as Professor of Photographic History and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He initially studied photography and cultural studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level, before completing his PhD on photography and education in 1995, supported in part by the Arts Council of Great Britain. He was previously Reader and then Professor of Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

In addition to his photographic research, he has a long-standing engagement in the development of postgraduate research education and training, particularly in the arts and humanities. He has led projects on research training for art and design, including research ethics; and in the 2000s was a member of several Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) panels and committees for postgraduate research. In his Director of Postgraduate role at Brighton he led the University’s engagement in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (techne) from 2013 to 2018.

In 2018 he was appointed to the REF 2021 Unit of Assessment for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory (D32).

More about Professor Darren Newbury

Dr Mark Sealy OBE

Executive Director at Autograph

Dr Mark Sealy OBE is Executive Director of Autograph (1991 -) and Professor, Photography, Rights and Representation at University Arts London - London College of Communication.

Sealy is interested in the relationship between art, photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He gained his PhD from Durham University, England. He has written for many of the world’s leading photographic journals, produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide.

In addition, he is an advisor (management + committees) to several leading cultural institutions, including Tate, Paul Mellon Centre for the Studies in British Art, Art Fund, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, World Press Photo, and the International Centre of Photography in New York, USA.

Lawrence and Wishart have published Sealy’s critical writings on photography. Photography: Race, Rights and Representation, published 2022 and Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, published 2019.