John Fleetwood

director Photo: and Joburg Photo, South Africa

John Fleetwood © Joe van Rooyen

John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: a platform that curates and commissions photography projects, especially working with emerging photographers.

He directs Joburg Photo, a concentrated programme of photography in Johannesburg. From 2002 to 2015, he was the head of the Market Photo Workshop, a school, gallery and project space.

Fleetwood recently 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).

He closely works with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa and other institutions of learning and mentorship.

Fleetwood frequently collaborates with other international organizations.

He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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