Director John Fleetwood
John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: He was born and lives in Johannesburg.
From 2002-2015 Fleetwood was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, a school, gallery and project space.
Fleetwood recently curated Cities and Memory as part of the Photo Biennale in Denmark (2016). He co-curated Against Time an exhibition of emerging photographers (Bamako Encounters, 2015). He co-commissioned A Return to Elsewhere, a collaborative photography project on communities and dis/connect, between Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA) for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella 2014. He is the curator of Photoquai 2013: Africa (Paris, 2013) and co-curator for Transition - a collaboration between South African and French photographers about South African land and the role that photography continues to play in the representation and re-imagining of this land (Johannesburg, 2012 & Rencontres d’Arles, 2013).
Fleetwood works closely with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa (supported by the Goethe Institut) and other institutions of learning and mentorship.
Fleetwood acts in various capacities in the following projects:
• Jury member, Pride Photo Award, Amsterdam, 2016 http://www.pridephotoaward.org/en/
• Nominator, Prix Pictet Award, London, 2016 http://www.prixpictet.com
• Nominator, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Awards, Amsterdam, since 2009 http://www.worldpressphoto.org/academy/joop-swart-masterclass
• Adjudicator Thami Mnyele Awards, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, since 2015 http://premiogabrielebasilico.ordinearchitetti.mi.it
• Jury member for CAP, since 2014 http://www.capprize.com
• Judge for Tokyo International Photography Awards http://competition.tipf.jp
During his 14-year tenure as Head of the Market Photo Workshop, Fleetwood guided both the educational and artistic. He oversaw the restructuring of the courses of the Photo Workshop to its current form as short fulltime non-formal, contextually driven curriculum serving 130 students annually including the Photojournalism Documentary Photography Programme, the sole photojournalism training programme of its kind on the African continent, now running its 11th cycle.
He initiated The Photo Workshop Gallery, one of a few galleries dedicated to photography in South Africa and the Continent that subsequently has shown more than 50 photography exhibitions.
The mentorship programmes brought many new emerging photographers to the front. Through Public Programmes & Projects he has engaged the Photo Workshop with local and international audiences, marking a critical position for photography from South Africa.