Peter McKenzie

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Durban, Natal, South Africa

Peter McKenzie was born in Durban, Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal). In 1982 Mckenzie studied towards a Diploma in Photography at the Technikon Natal (now known as the Durban University of Technology - DUT) followed by an internship at the Sunday Tribune. He was a co-founder of the photographic collective Afrapix agency under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches and the chief photographer for Drum Magazine until the late eighties before going free-lance. He was also the co-ordinator and facilitator of the Photojournalism Department at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, in Johannesburg, from 1996 to 1999. 

McKenzie has published and exhibited both locally and internationally.

He curated the work of  five South African photographers at the bi-annual "Recontres de la Photographie Africaine" in Bamako, Mali, December 1998.

McKenzie has been the Johannesburg photo chief of the pan-African news/feature agency Panapress.

Personal projects

  •  Explore and celebrate the diversity of the Indian and Coloured communities in Durban (recipient of National Arts Council award).
  •  Documentation of Polisario refugee camps in Southern Algeria
  •  Photographer/ Art director of the project "Every Child is My Child" — Commission from the President's Office and included the work of 12 South African photographers.
  •  Co-ordinated the refugee photographic project "Sutra" for the Human Rights Commission.



  •  Marseille-France in May 1999
  •  Annual Festival of Photography, Pretoria, 2000
  •  Guyana, South America 2001.

Last updated : 09-Nov-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011