Cedric Nunn was born in Nongoma, Natal (KwaZulu-Natal) on 22 December 1957. His extended family is part of the Nunn Settlement. He attended the Little Flower School in Ixopo, Natal (KwaZulu-Natal) and continued his schooling until standard eight (Grade 10). After leaving high school he worked at Huletts Sugar Mill from 1974 until 1981. Nunn joined Afrapix in the 1980s.In 1982 he moved to Johannesburg and then went abroad in 1983.
Funeral of two youths abducted and killed during political violence in
Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Mphophomeni, Howick, 1987.
Source: Cedric Nunn Photography [Online] Available at:
Nunn was among the photographers documenting the resistance against apartheid in the 1980s. In 1994 he was part of a team of photographers documenting South Africa’s first democratic election for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
From 1998 to 2000 he served as director of the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. He has taught and mentored local and foreign photography students, and serves on the Board of the Bensusan Museum of Photography in Johannesburg. He has also taught at the Wits University School of the Arts, New York University Tisch School of Arts Exchange Programme and The School for International Training.
Nunn's photographs have been published nationally and internationally in magazines. His work was also included in a book on South African women entitled Vukani Makhosakazi, CIIR, London, 1985 and in the book as well as exhibition, Dieter Koeve and Tim Besser, Nicht Wird Uns Trennen (Nothing Will Separate Us), Benteli Verlag, Bern, 1983.
Nunn has conducted photography education projects, from workshops for the churches and the labour unions, to being the director of the Market Photography Workshop, as well as mentoring and supervising Market Photography students. He has taught in the Wits University School of the Arts, New York University Tisch School of the Arts exchange programme, and The School for International Training that has also been a consistent feature of his career.
As a contribution to the professionalism of the industry of photography, Nunn has been on the national executive of the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa, a body representing photographers.
He has been both judge and convener of the Fuji Press Photo Awards and judge on the Vodacom Awards.
Nunn's company, Endaweni Photographic CC. is a sole directorship, 100% BEE compliant, and employs staff when and where it needs to.
- 2009 In Camera. Wits University, Johannesburg. Solo.
- 2007 Then and Now. Rhodes University, Durban Art Gallery. Group.
- 2005 Blood Relatives. Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. Solo.
- 2004. 'Fatherhood Project' MuseumAfrica.
- 'Children of Democracy' McGregor Museum in Kimberley.
- 2003. Youth on the Move. Parliament, Cape Town.
- Johannesburg Alive. Bogota, Columbia.
- Bamako. Maison's Descartes. Amsterdam Photography Biennale. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 2002. Group Portraits, Nine South African Families. Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 2000. Every Child Is My Child. African Window Museum. Pretoria. Group.
- 2000. Capitals. Espace Matisse, Lille. France. Group.
- 2000. Living In A Strange Land. Parliament, Cape Town. Group.
- 2000. Emotions and Relations. Sandton Civic Gallery. Group.
- 1999. Democracies Images. Johannesburg Art Gallery. Group.
- 1999. Lines of Sight. The South African National Gallery. Cape Town. South Africa. Curated the exhibition "Photographs Denied"
- 1999. Workers. The Workers Library & Museum. Johannesburg. South Africa. Group.
- 1998. 3rd Festival of African Photography. Bamako, Mali. Group.
- 1998. Democracy's Images. Bildmuseet. Umea, Sweden. Group.
- 1998. National Development Agency. Workers Library. Johannesburg. South Africa.Group.
- 1997. Malhawu, Macufe Arts Festival. Bloemfontein. South Africa. Solo.
- 1997. NGO Coalition. Johannesburg. Group.
- 1997. Blood Relatives. Playhouse, Durban. South Africa. Solo.
- 1997. South African National Gallery Contemporary Collection. Cape Town. South Africa. Group.
- 1996. Colours. Berlin. Germany. Group.
- 1995. The Hidden Years. KwaMuhle Museum. Durban. South Africa. Solo.
- 1995. Black Looks, White Myths. 1st Johannesburg Biennale. South Africa. Group.
- 1994. This Land is Our Land. Bloemfontein. South Africa. Group.
- 1990. Zabalaza, London, United Kingdom. Group.
- 1989. Culture for Another South Africa, Amsterdam, Holland. Group.
- 1989. Health, South Africa & Germany. Group.
- 1989. Beyond the Barricades. Market Photography Gallery. South Africa. Group.
- 1988. Ten Years of Staffrider. Market Photography Gallery. South Africa. Group.
- 1988. Children. Johannesburg. South Africa. Group.
- 1987. History Workshop. Wits University. Johannesburg. South Africa. Group.
- 1987. Stop the Killings. University of Durban Westville. South Africa. Solo.
- 1985. South Africa - The Cordoned Heart, USA & South Africa. Group.
- 1984. Women at Work, Johannesburg. South Africa. Group.
- 1984. Bosmont. Johannesburg. South Africa. Solo.
- 1983. Nicht Wir Uns Trennen, Germany. Group.
Nunn, C. (2019). Cedric Nunn Photography - About. [online] Cedricnunn.co.za. Available at: https://www.cedricnunn.co.za/about.html [Accessed 11 Sep. 2019].
Hayes, Patricia. 2008. Power, Secrecy, Proximity: A History of South African Photography. In Jenny Altschuler (ed.) The 4th Cape Town Month of Photography: Emergence & Emergency. Cape Town: The South African Centre for Photography.