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Chris Ledóchowski





Chris Ledochowski was born in South Africa in 1956 and grew up in Johannesburg. He attended school at Waterford - Kamhlaba in Swaziland. In the late seventies he studied for a diploma Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Find Art, University of Cape Town, majoring in Photography. In the early 1980s he joined Afrapix, an independent photographic collective, that was instrumental in documenting the social conditions under which South Africa’s oppressed lived as well as their struggle against the Apartheid system. In the Chris2years running up to the new dispensation Ledochowski contributed to numerous anti apartheid exhibitions and publications. Apart from documenting the ongoing struggles and strife in the township communities on the Cape Flats he dedicated much of his time to documenting the formation and development of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and related worker organizations within the Western Cape.

Not withstanding his role as social documentary photographer, Ledochowski took on a personal approach in exploring the lives of people in disadvantaged communities. This also took the form of portrait photography where he hand painted his portraits for people in the community.


In the late 1980s, Chis' long standing experience and relationship with disadvantaged communities drew him to recording their various cultural and religious expressions for the next fifteen years, culminating in the exhibition and book publication Cape Flats Details in 2003. Ledochowski was invited to exhibit the work at the 50th Venice Biennale. His essay formed part of an exhibition ‘The Structure of Survival’.

In 2003 he also held a solo exhibition of Cape Flats Details at Michael Stevenson Contemporary in Cape Town and at Photo za in Johannesburg. The work was later exhibited at the Polish Institute in Paris, France, as part of the Mois de la photo in 2004. The group exhibition- Autres Lieux, Autres Regards, Pologne-Afrique - featured Polish photographers in Africa from past to present; Jan Czekanowski, Casimir Zagourski, Ryszard Kapuscinski and Chris Ledochowski.
Cape Flats Details was later exhibited at The Visiting Gallery in Warsaw, Poland in 2005.

One of Chris' long term projects documents the life of an ex migrant worker from Venda, Limpopo, which has spanned thirty years. He is currently working on a book of this project entitled Return to Nthabalala.

Recently he began a collaboration on a project photographing people of Polish origin in the Western Cape.

Ledochowski is regularly invited to collaborate on group projects and contribute to national and international exhibitions. He continues to work as a freelance photographer in Cape Town.



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