by Tracey Samuelson in New Photography on Tuesday 15 January 2008

Since graduating from art school a year ago, Mikhael Subotzky has taken his native South Africa and the international art world by storm. The twenty-five-year-old has exhibited across his native country, in the Netherlands and Italy, and has even been invited to join Magnum Photo Agency — one of the youngest photographers to be inducted into the venerable photo institution’s ranks. So what’s all the hype about? Subotzky is the real deal, part of the next generation of South African artists who are picking up where their apartheid predecessors left off, tackling the issues of a modern country in transition. From prison conditions to strongholds of racism, Subotzky treats South Africa as the work in progress that it is and somehow helps others find beauty in its imperfections.

Mikhael Subotzky

 

Mikhael Subotzky

 

Mikhael Subotzky