Biographies

Extract from media statement on the passing of Dr. Es’kia Mphahlele (1919 - 2008): By Minister of culture & society, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan... read more
Chris van Wyk was born at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, Johannesburg in  1957 and grew up in Newclare, before moving to Rive... read more
Naboth Monyandioe Moreleba Mokgatle was the eighth and youngest child of Setlhare Hebron Mokgatle, a skilled builder and carpenter, and Salo... read more
David Goldblatt, one of South Africa’s most famous documentary photographers, is internationally acclaimed for his work. The grandson of Lit... read more
Francis William Reitz was born in Swellendam in 1844. He became an advocate and from 1874 was the President of the Orange Free State Appeal... read more
John Mowbray Didcott was born on 14 August 1931, Durban, Natal.  After matriculating at Hilton College, outside Pietermaritzburg, Natal... read more
Helen Elizabeth Martins was born on 23 December 1897 in the Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. She was the youngest of six... read more
This biography was written by SAHO in collaboration with Artthrob MODUS OPERANDI Jo Ractliffe is a documentary photographer who captures the... read more
This biography was written by Artthrob in collaboration with SAHO. Zanele Muholi is a photographer and visual activist based in Johannesburg... read more
Diana Mitchell was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, or what was then known as Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, on 16 November 1932[i]. She was famous... read more
Gertrude Hope (nee Posthumus) Cooper, the second-youngest of eight children was born in King Williamstown but grew up Worcester where her fa... read more
It is appropriate that the final large scale work completed by Sydney Kumalo before his death is a three-metre high bronze figure of a Zulu... read more

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