The Market Photo Workshop is pleased to announce the 2019 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography. The Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography provides an emerging photographer with the infrastructural support to develop an independent body of work over the course of a year. The mentorship has been created by the family and friends of the late Gisèle Wulfsohn to honour her memory and her work, and is an opportunity to continue her approach and interests in photography. Wulfsohn dedicated her life and photography to awareness, openness and respect. She worked on issues of democracy, HIV/AIDS education and social inclusion, gender issues and women’s rights, and maintained a commitment to education and social change.
The mentorship is aimed at developing emerging voices that are committed to fostering social inclusion. The awarded photographer will have the opportunity to work with an established photographer of their choice as a mentor and will be provided access to organisations that can further support their work and research.
Applications from individuals who identify as womxn, gender queer and non-conforming, Inter*, and Trans* are encouraged.
Mentorship Benefits and Outcome(s)
Subject to certain conditions, the mentorship entails:
- R40,000 to produce the body of work that the recipient proposes to do. The R40,000 covers costs related to research, travel, and other supplies
- Based on successful funding and availability of funds, the mentorship grant can be extended to develop and produce an exhibition of the work and a publication.
- 2013 – Sydelle Willow Smith
- 2014 – Siphosihle Mkhwanazi
- 2015 – Phumzile Khanyile
- The mentorship is open to anyone whose work will be completed within the borders of South Africa. Individuals who frequently travel and work between South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries at their own costs are also invited to apply.
- Applicants must have a proven track record as a photographer.
- Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of the role and significance of photography within society and an ability to use photography as a tool to transmit information about society, and as a tool for change.
- Applicants must have basic project management skills and demonstrate understanding of project management steps and processes.
- Applicants must be independent, determined self-starters with a drive to succeed.
- Applicants must not have produced a solo exhibition before.
- Applicants must be able to travel to Johannesburg for initial meetings.
- Applicants must not be older than 35 years of age at time of application.