Wembley to Soweto and Back


In 1988, more than 80,000 people attended a concert at Wembley Stadium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Mr Nelson Mandela. 600 million viewers tuned in, as the world sent many happy returns to prisoner 46664, and joined with him in spirit to demand an end to apartheid in South Africa.

The iconic photograph of that momentous day was taken by the internationally renowned photographer John Cole. It now hangs on the wall in Mr Mandela’s home.

In summer 2010, David Westhead of Wilton Pictures invited John to run a 4 week intensive photography course in Johannesburg.

The course, run in conjunction with Umuzi Photo Club, afforded an opportunity for 8 teenagers from the townships to work alongside one of the world’s best photographers. This course was not solely about taking striking images; it was about how to feed your family using a camera as the tool of your trade.

Involvement with the project has helped empower the young people to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Participants have been awarded full scholarships and bursaries to photographic colleges, had work published in magazines including Marie-Claire, have completed shoots for Vodacom and the South African Parliament and had images exhibited in top galleries in New York, Antwerp and Johannesburg.

londonprintstudio will be exhibited the photographs created during this project from the 21st June – 18th August 2012.

Following this exhibition, londonprintstudio is partnering with Wilton Pictures (http://wiltonpictures.com/)  and Paddington Arts (http://paddingtonarts.org.uk/) to offer a fantastic opportunity to enthusiastic young photographers, aged 18 – 25, based in West London, who are keen to take images of London during the 2012 Olympics, as well as develop their careers as photojournalists.”

This project will run from 25th July to 18th August. Eight trainees will be supported by a team of professionals, headed by international photojournalist John Cole http://folio.johncole.co.uk.

The work from this London project will be exhibited from 23rd August – 9th September.

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