Tshepiso Seleke

'I believe I am one of the many story tellers that would want to see more Black subjects in the mainstream rather than filling it up with knowledge of the west. My intention is to tell the backstories of those without a voice and a platform.'



Tshepiso Seleke, known as “the Darkroom Artist”, is a South African cinematographer, from Soweto, Orlando. His work focuses on the imagined space of a bittersweet reality: the collective Black experience, and how it is still linked to issues of systematic oppression, political and social injustice. Being conscious of issues of representation, Tshepiso captures his subjects in socially provocative backgrounds, forging the past with the present. He is a voice for those who have been stripped of individual agency and power, and those who have their agency but are still working within limiting spaces. Through his photographs, he hopes to inspire more Black people taking up space and finding their voice.
Tshepiso has been working in the media industry for just over eleven years. His work includes production companies such as Homebrew Films, Dzuguda Production, Endemol Shine Africa and National Geographic. This has allowed him to develop his skills with the camera, whilst forging an incredibly creative mind, with a fresh eye for conceptual content.
His photographs have been exhibited at various galleries and spaces such as Fotoza, Newtown, Rand Club, Barnard Gallery and Museum Africa. In 2020 he had his debut solo show at Mmarthouse and The RMB Turbine Art Fair. Currently he is exhibiting with Eclectica Contemporary.


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