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Chris Ledóchowski




Chris Ledochowski-
a Social Documentary Photographer

Chris majored in Photography at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. He joined Afrapix in the early 1980s and contributed to numerous anti-apartheid exhibitions and publications. He dedicated much of his time to documenting the ongoing struggles and strife in the township communities, and the formation and development of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions and related organizations in the Cape.


Chris' famous photograph of Mandela delivering his first public speech at Grand Parade in Cape Town after his release has become an icon of the fall of apartheid.


Muslim children arriving for Madrassa, Hanover Park Township, Cape Town 1990

Chris' e Photo book Dialogues was published in September 2021 and can be seen here.


Chris continues to work as a freelance photographer. His current work includes:

Chris1Portrait photography;

Focusing on people in disadvantaged communities;

Documenting the life of an ex-migrant worker from Venda, Limpopo;

Writing a book on this project, Return to Nthabalala; and

Photographing people of Polish origin in the Western Cape.

Chris' work has been widely acclaimed and has been displayed at many national and international exhibitions.

He is regularly invited to collaborate on group projects.


Xhosa traditional healers' initiation ceremony, Guguletu, Cape Town 1997

Information on living family members will be included in this website only if submitted or approved by them. Informacja o żyjących członkach rodziny może zostać umieszczona na tych stronach jedynie w wypadku gdy dana osoba wyrazi zgodę. Jan Ledóchowski