South African photographer Dave Southwood has traveled the country for over 20 years, capturing the stories of people on the margins of society. Through her lens, Southwood explores how ordinary people with moving stories live their lives.
Through the Sweet-Orr video series, Southwood shares how he pushes the boundaries of photography.
DAVE SOUTHWOOD AND ‘DIRECT PHOTOGRAPHY’
Dave Southwood’s work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and at the University of Johannesburg Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.
Southwood says he enjoys “direct photography that clearly shows the world as it is”.
“I don’t believe in too much manipulation or trickery. Through my work, I want to show people what the weird and wonderful parts of the world look like and give different communities the opportunity to understand each other,” he added.
DAVE SOUTHWOOD’S INSPIRATION
Inspired by people, structures and architecture, Southwood has captured some of the country’s most empowering and poignant images.
“If my work does anything, it will show people how communities on the periphery of society work, why they are born, and what their hopes and dreams are.”
“In some cases, if I didn’t take these photos, these stories would evaporate and there would be no record,” Southwood said.
Southwood, along with nine other South African artists, traders and artisans, share personal stories of their work and craftsmanship with Sweet Orr.
In a series of videos, these artists will show how they all push the boundaries in their fields.
WATCH THE SOUTHWOOD INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO HERE