World Cup Rural and Urban Photo Diary at the Market Photo Workshop




clockwise: © Mack Magagane, Andrew Royal; Mzwakhe Tshabalala; Sydelle Smith .  Market Photo Workshop 2010
Since it’s launch on 11 June 2010, the Market Photo Workshop’s World Cup Rural & Urban Photo Diary has sent photographers around the country in search of alternative narratives within the context of the Soccer World Cup. Current Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students, as well as alumni, have travelled as far afield as eGalibasi village in KwaZulu-Natal, Taung in the Free State to Coffee Bay in Eastern Cape, and Giyani in Limpopo, among other destinations.

The resulting images currently on exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop Gallery in Newtown have been presented in both print and digital form. Updated daily, the digital exhibition is divided into four displays: The Rural Space, The Urban Space, In the Frame and In Retrospect.

A diverse group of individuals with differing perspectives have contributed to the Photo Diary, resulting in a dynamic collection of stories about the nation’s experience. These can be viewed not only at the exhibition, but also on our website.

Go to and view both current essays as well as archives going back to the beginning of the project.


The World Cup Rural & Urban Photo Diary is currently on at the Market Photo Workshop Gallery at 2 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, and it runs until 29 July 2010.

The World Cup Rural and Urban Photo Diary is produced in association with Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, AngloGold Ashanti, National Arts Council, Getty Images, Open Society Foundation, Newtown Improvement District, and the Gauteng Provincial Government.


Located in Newtown, Johannesburg, the Market Photo Workshop strives to create an environment where students learn, not only the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, but also ways of critical thinking integral to the understanding of contemporary photographic practice.

Equipping students with an extensive insight of the role photography plays socially, politically and in the wider cultural community, the Market Photo Workshop provides students with the vital tools needed to negotiate the urban terrain that is present-day Johannesburg.

Through its various endeavours and ongoing projects the Market Photo Workshop continues to make strong links with organisations both locally and internationally. Dedicated to the development and nurturing of new talent, the Market Photo Workshop fosters a rich culture in visual literacy for the furthering of photography in South Africa and Africa.

The Market Photo Workshop plays a crucial role in establishing new voices in South African photography. Alumni include: Jodi Bieber (seven times World Press Winner), other World Press winners like Themba Hadebe, and Sydney Seshibedi; and internationally acclaimed photographers such as Nontsikelelo Veleko and Zanele Muholi.