Press Release: Top Photographers Exhibit in Melville 3-4 Dec 2011

Flower on the Shore by Pieter de Ras

Seven of South Africa’s most renowned photographers are combining their talents to bring to Johannesburg a feast for the eye on the weekend of 3 and 4 December.

Talents of note will display some of the best work of fellows and associates of the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa, in the Sancta Sanctorum art studio at 34 Fifth Avenue, Melville.

Participating PPSA photographers are Michael Meyersfeld, Bob Cnoops, Pieter de Ras, Michael Doran, Elizabeth Olivier-Kahlau and Ross Garrett. Lawrence Bennon (not a PPSA member) will exhibit with them.

Michael Meyersfeld, who started his career as a fine art photographer at the age of 40, has won numerous international awards, the most recent being a gold award at the 2010 Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards in the United Kingdom. He has recently held his thirteenth exhibition, entitled Life Staged, and is working on a new project, Urban Disquiet.

Bob Cnoops is famous for his fine art landscapes printed in alternative photographic processes, which will be displayed at this exhibition. His work is is represented in the collections of institutions such as the Constitutional Court, Standard Bank, Gencor, Sasol and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

With her instinct for beautiful images, Elizabeth Olivier-Kahlau is first and foremost an artist. Paintings from her series Women of Africa can be found in art collections around the world. She has won over 60 Profoto awards, the 2007 Profoto “Image of the Year” award and she was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Hasselblad International Masters Awards.

Pieter de Ras’s architectural interiors and still life photography have won numerous local and international awards, including the coveted Clio Awards in New York. In 2005, he won a gold Loerie for his work on the Apartheid Museum. Being president of the PPSA, he was awarded an honorary fellowship for his contribution to this organisation which represents professional photographers in Southern Africa.

The gallery will be open from 10:00 to 18:00