Durban-based documentary photographer, author and speaker, Matthew Willman launches his latest book ’22 Years’ on 20 October 2019.
Matthew has emerged as one of South Africa’s leading, young, independent artists. He has expressed himself through an extraordinary body of work which has included writing, storytelling and photographic exhibitions, and has gained over 20 years’ experience working for some of the world’s foremost institutions in the field of visual communication, development, visual arts and leadership.
A true global citizen, Matthew has worked in 42 countries tailoring his inventive brand of communication to the needs of an array of clients which have included: Oxfam International, The World Health Organisation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Vodacom Foundation, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Robben Island Museum and The European Commission.
Matthew has had the pleasure of being commissioned to photograph individuals from a cross-section of the global community. Commissions include: US Presidents Bill Clinton & Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President FW De Klerk, Annie Lennox, 12 Presidents, 8 Nobel Laureates and a host of sports personalities, musicians, politicians and philanthropists.
Perhaps one of Matthew’s greatest achievements was his significant contribution to the recording of the process of South Africa’s democratic change. This occurred both in his work as a commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and through ten years of work with Mr Mandela himself. In 2003, Matthew was commissioned to archive and document the life and times of Nelson Mandela. His collection of work is now central to the Mandela Centre of Memory & Presidential Library in Johannesburg.
Matthew’s latest book, 22 Years is an extraordinary visual account of a photographer’s lifelong passion to engage with the world. His images go beyond borders, they transcend boundaries exploring in intimate detail the lives of people and places few have ventured to discover. As a photographer Willman is undaunted by the unknown, his work explores the ‘human condition’ wherever it is found. Each image in the book opens up a fascinating world of episodic moments that so many take for granted.
The book will be available exclusively at www.matthewwillman.co.za/books/ for R350.