Lindokuhle Sobekwa

Lindokuhle Sobekwa, South Africa

“In the times that we are facing, ‘reset’ makes me think of the deep meaning of this word and how it connects to my journey as a person and a photographer.”

Lindokuhle Sobekwa is a South African visual storyteller born and based in Thokoza. He uses visual storytelling as a way to share personal stories and of those in his environment.

“I haven’t seen such talent and commitment in years. His work and aesthetics are really incredible,” said Alessia Glaviano, senior photo editor, Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, founder, Photovogue, and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

His 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project follows his journey from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg in a search for opportunities. By travelling back and forth, Sobekwa documents the opposition between ‘home’ (Eastern Cape) and ‘away’ (Johannesburg) to understand how these places are seen by both the older and the younger generation, while also trying to reconnect with his family, identity and culture.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I mostly work alone, so it would be interesting to work with a group of people with whom I’ll be sharing a common interest and journey. I am looking forward to learning more from all the participants and mentors,” Sobekwa said.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“In the times that we are facing, ‘reset’ makes me think of the deep meaning of this word and how it connects to my journey as a person and a photographer. Perhaps starting over could help us appreciate things that we take for granted but are really important, like the Black Lives Matter movement, spending time with my family, hugging, and shaking hands. This is the time to redo everything that we have taken for granted,” he said. 

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented in November 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass