Guy Tillim, a Voice for Africa

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim, a Voice for Africa

Guy Tillim is a contemporary African photographer whose focus is on the political and social developments in Africa.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1983, he began his career as a photographer in 1986.

As a news photographer, he has worked with the Afrapix Photography Agency in South Africa, Reuters, and the French News Agency.

His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and books, including photographs from across Africa, from South Africa to Ethiopia, and from Madagascar to Senegal.

Tillim subjects

Guy Tillim reveals aspects of Africa with his photographs that differ from the stereotypes formed in this vast area.

From child portraits of Congolese soldiers and political upheavals to living space in Johannesburg apartments and cityscapes, Tillim’s photographs, while depicting African political and social developments, show the evolution of his approach to photography.

This famous photographer has dealt with the developments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the heart of Africa in the collections of “Soldiers”, “Leopold and Motobo” and “Democratic Congo”.

Leopold Collection

To produce the “Leopold and Motobo” series, he photographed July to September 2003, rejecting the colonial occupation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium and then the remnants of the looting of the dictatorship of Metabo Cesse Seco.

In addition to photographs of daily life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this collection includes governments that have brought together the historical monuments of the Congo and Belgium.

This famous photographer in the “Soldiers” series, whose photographs he took in late 2002 and early 2003, depicts the devastating impact of the five-year war between the Congolese government and insurgent groups on civilians.

Following this war, Tillim produced the “Democratic Congo” series

Guy Tillim has painted portraits of African people in his early collections, including “Portraits of Kuningla”, “Soldiers” and “Village of Peter”.

Ten years later, the next collection of Tillim about the city of Johannesburg was published under the title “Johannesburg: Landscapes”.

These new photographs lack one of the main components of conventional news and documentary photographs, namely: a recognizable focal subject.

Tillim’s approach in his new urban landscape is to blend subjects and objects and photograph anything and everything, judgment-free photographs that are more like windows than mirrors.

Guy Tillim’s approach to photography

Political and social developments.

In his body of work, Tillim had a special look at the political and social developments in Africa.

This view is also evident in his later collections, which have taken on a broader form: the Patrice Lumumba Street and the Museum of the Revolution collections in East, South, and West Africa.

In these collections, Guy Tillim travels across the vast expanse of Africa and its major cities to depict the changing social and political relations of Africa through a landscape and urban landscape.

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