Following a rigorous selection process from a nation-wide open call, four womxn photographers and videographers have been selected for the first-ever Lampost Luminaries fellowship 2020, an intensive 10-month upskill programme to jumpstart their professional careers.
The Lampost Luminaries fellowship is aimed at supporting previously disadvantaged womxn to gain industry training and experience to launch their professional careers and make their mark on the narrative shaping visual storytelling.
Thalente Khomo, Lili Ming, Basetsana Maluleka and Lebogang Tlhako will embark on a full-time funded mentorship and skills-development programme in Johannesburg to equip them with the tools needed to work on fashion, advertising and editorial campaigns, short films and art exhibitions.
Inspired by her experiences growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Thalente Khomo’s photography focuses on the female experience and explores the objectification and exploitation of womxns’ and girls’ bodies in society.
Photographer, cinematographer and graphic designer Lili Ming is driven by a desire to deeply connect with her subjects, as well as to explore and celebrate her feminine gaze in a male-dominated industry.
Pretoria-born Basetsana Maluleka is committed to forging a bright new path for herself and other marginalised voices.
Lebogang Tlhako, the multidisciplinary entrepreneur and photographer from Katlehong, captures the township’s heritage and explores the affirmations of a generation coming to grips with ‘adulting’.
The Lampost Luminaries fellowship will see the four Luminaries follow an intensive 10 -month programme encompassing numerous areas of focus, including but not limited to on-the-job instruction during which they will be mentored by established photographers and videographers while assisting on actual commercial shoots; intensive skills tutelage focused on technical, business and creative development; internships at advertising agencies, publishing houses, and Lampost Productions.
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