Exhibition: Working the City – 17 March 2011

The Market Photo Workshop cordially invites you to the opening on Thursday the 17th March 2011 at 17h30 at The Photographer’s Gallery at The Market Theatre. The exhibition will run until the 21st April 2011.

Working the City is a culmination of a participatory photography project which worked with migrant women involved in sex work in the inner city of Johannesburg. The project, which ran for ten days in 2010, worked in collaboration with ongoing research that is being undertaken with women involved in sex-work in inner-city Johannesburg.  It is hoped that the images selected with the participants and displayed, and the accompanying narratives, will contribute to an increasing body of knowledge relating to the experiences of migrant women involved in sex work and how they (re)present themselves, perceive and experience the city.
Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme students at the Market Photo Workshop trained eleven participants in photography and editing skills, and provided added support by accompanying them as they moved about the inner-city to capture images. Participants and students together edited images to create the final exhibition.

This exhibition is presented as part of the WIDE ANGLE forum running from 23 – 26 March 2011


WIDE ANGLE is a multi-platform project based in Johannesburg. It includes a discussion forum, an exhibition and a publication, which consider and reflect upon participatory photographic practice; how photography can be used as a way to participate in the world, rather than solely as a means of observing it. The 3-day forum will bring together an exciting group of local and international practitioners and theoreticians. They will discuss and explore projects that have been produced with the participation and collaboration of individuals, groups and communities associated with particular public or social issues and spaces.

About the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), Wits University
The ACMS is an independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged Africa-based centre of excellence for research and teaching that shapes global discourse on human mobility, development and social transformation.

About Sisonke Sex Worker Movement
Sisonke is a sex worker led movement that was launched in 2003.  The movement aims to unite sex workers, to improve living and working conditions and to fight for equal rights for sex workers.

For more information please contact Molemo on molemom@marketphotoworkshop.co.za or 011 834 1444.

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