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Chris Ledóchowski




Contributions to
Group Photographic Exhibitions

1980   Harfield Village. A community under threat of Group Areas.   Michaelis School of Fine Art. Cape Town University.
1981   Afrapix / Staffrider Exhibition. Johannesburg.
1984   ‘South Africa-The Cordoned Heart' Exhibition.  Carnegie 2nd Inquiry into Poverty and Development in South Africa. Exhibited  in SA, USA, UK, Europe.
1986  'Images of South Africa- Eight South African Photographers'. Shell Gallery, Baxter Theatre.
1987  'Atlantis, The Utopian Nightmare' and 'Mbekweni, Paarl'. Two photo essays at 'Documentary Photography in South Africa', Exhibition and Conference, Centre for Documentary Photography, University of Cape Town.
1987   ECC Exhibition. Cape Town.
1988   The Forbidden Camera, Kaza Exhibition, Amsterdam. Holland.
1988   On the Frontline, Childrens’ Exhibition ,Radda Barnen, Sweden.
1989  'Taking Sides' Exhibition , Holland.
1990    Produced, curated and edited the 'Vumani /Afrapix Childrens' Exhibition'.
South African National Gallery Permanent collection.
1992    Contributed and co edited and produced the 'Mzabalazo, History of the ANC'
Exhibition. Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape
1993    'Shaking Hands' Exhibition, Weekly Mail Book Week. Cape Town.
1993   ‘Beyond the Handshake- SA in transition’, Europe, SA
1993    'Picturing our World', South African National Gallery. Cape Town.
1994    'Shifting Landscape' Exhibition, Rotterdam Photo International. Holland.
1994    'Bride In Art Exhibition', Irma Stern museum. Cape Town.
1995    Rotterdam Photo Exhibition. Holland.
1996   ‘Robben Island Reunion’ Exhibition. Mayibuye Centre,  Waterfront, Cape Town.
1997  'Contemporary South African Art, 1985-95'. SA National Gallery. Cape Town.
1997    'Potosynthesis - Contemporary South African Photography'
SA National Gallery, Cape Town, Grahamstown Festival, Kulturhuset, Sweden.
1998   'L’ Afrique par Elle - Meme'. Maison Européene de la Photographie. Paris.
1998   Blank_ Architecture, Apartheid and after. The Exhibition. Netherlands Architectural Institute. Rotterdam, Holland. MuseumAfrica,  Johannesburg. 2000.
2000   Nelson Mandela Museum Exhibition, Umtata. Transkei. Nelson Mandela Monument, Umveso,Transkei.
2001   'Every Child is my Child' Exhibition. Commissioned by The President’s Office, Pretoria                
2002   Nelson Mandela Gateway Exhibition. Waterfront, Cape Town.
2003   50th Venice Biennale. ‘Structure of Survival’. Curated by Carlos Basualdo. Italy.
2004   ‘Cape Flats Details’- Autres Lieux, Autres Regards, Pologne-Afrique - A group exhibition of Polish photographers in Africa; Jan Czekanowski, Casimir Zagourski, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Chris Ledochowski. Mois de la photo. Institut Polonais, Paris. France.
2003-   Curator of the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival- Duotone Gallery.        
2007    Cape Town International Conference Centre.
2008     Mandela- Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman. Apartheid Museum.    Johannesburg, 2009- Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha, Malmo Museums, Sweden, 2010 Slave    Lodge, Iziko, Cape Town.
2010      From Pierneef to Gugulective. SA National Gallery Cape Town.
2010     Goema and Glitter. Good Hope Gallery.
2010    Essay entitled ‘Nthabalala Village’. Bonani Africa 2010 Festival of Photography. Cape Town Castle of Good Hope.
2011    Cape Flats Details  Kalk Bay Contemporary, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions

 1986  ‘Atlantis - A Utopian Nightmare’.
Atlantis. Western Cape.

1986  ‘Hand Coloured Portraits from the Cape Flats’,            Market Photo Gallery. Johannesburg

1993  ‘Ten Years After; A Return to Nthabalala Village’
University of the Western Cape. Bat Centre, Durban, 1996.

1995  ‘Hand Coloured Photographs in Ceramic Frames’. A collaboration with ceramicist Joe Faragher.
 Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
Museum Africa, Johannesburg, 1996.           
Grahamstown, 1997

2003  ‘Cape Flats Details. Life and Culture in the townships, Cape Town’.
Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town.
Photo za, Johannesburg
Visiting Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2005


1982  Co-founded Afroscope, an alternative documentary film unit based in Khotso House.

1982-210  Initiated a 30 year project documenting the life of a migrant worker in Venda.

1983  Established the film and video unit for the Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and  Development as part of the South African Labour Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town.

1985  Established a portrait business in the townships, taking the photographs, hand colouring and framing.

1985 1990 Extensive documentary project on the activities of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and affiliated unions in the Western Cape.

1986  Co initiated Atlantisproject with the  South African Labour Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, documenting the community of Atlantis north of Cape Town and produced a travelling exhibition entitled Atlantis- A Utopian Nightmare.

1988  Co-established the Cape Town Branch of Afrapix Photo Agency at Community House and held photographic workshops for the Cape Artists Project’s (CAP) Media Project.

1990  Edited and produced The Children’s Exhibition and calendar, for Afrapix, in conjunction with a children’s organization, Vumani, in Cape Town.

1991  Co-researched, edited and printed the exhibition Mzabalazo Pictorial History of the ANC for the Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape.

1992 Co edited and printed the Krige Collection on Modjadji the Rain Queen for the National Museum, with fellow photographer Paul Grendon.

1995  Initiated project hand colouring/painting B&W prints of documentary images taken in the townships and designed and produced ceramic frames for them.

1990s  Initiated ten year project to document the visual art and cultures of the Cape Flats townships, specifically using colour photography.  


A list of book essays, articles, magazine reviews and research can be obtained from Chris.

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