A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.

Tired of a world were photos are so often taken but so rarely given we created free outdoor photo studios on street corners around the country.  The images in this series are from five street studios that were set up in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Woodstock, Blikkiesdorp, Du Noon and Cape Town city center. We invited passing families, individuals and groups of friends to pose at this temporary studio, and they received a free photograph on site to take home with them for their family album.

all images c/o Alexia Webster

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19 Responses to A South African Family Album

  1. Anthi Tuesday 11 March, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Such a wonderful idea so well executed! Beautiful!

  2. maggie Tuesday 11 March, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    These are stunning…they remind me of another artist, but I cannot put my finger on it…

    • Miss Moss Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 6:23 am #

      possibly Malik Sidibe or Seydou Keita.

  3. Laura Forest Tuesday 11 March, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    I really like the contrast between the composed background and the naturalness of the passersby who participated. Lovely series.

  4. Rosalinda Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    Vivid, quirky, poignant!

  5. Jean Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Such beautiful pictures!

  6. Miss Milli B Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    These are beautiful

  7. Tochi Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I LOVE these. Very well done.

  8. scrapbook of style Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    this is possibly the most beautiful post I have ever seen. What a unique and beautiful idea. I can imagine a whole book/exhibition being created around this idea.

  9. Mama-T Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Truly wonderful portraits. Such a wonderful mixture between spontaneity and planning!

  10. patty Thursday 13 March, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    These are awesome! I dont think Ive ever seen a more beautiful collection of photographs. THANK YOU so much for sharing!

  11. Christopher Campbell Friday 14 March, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Amazing. I’d be proud to have such wonderful photos. It’s such an original set of photographs, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. Great!

  12. Dalit Vic Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Love it. The fabrics as background the vivid colors and the posing. Perfect!

  13. bethany Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Great pictures! The poses. The outfits. The backgrounds. Really fun to browse!

  14. Chriselle Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Beautiful…If you do this in India should be as colourful :)

  15. Megan Saturday 5 April, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Love these incredible photos! Question: do you know who the artist is of that elephant print? I have the exact same print in my home! So crazy!

  16. Melissa Monday 7 April, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    Such a neat idea! I love the patterned backgrounds and the vibrant colors.

  17. Camilla Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    These are so incredibly wonderful! Thank you for posting them

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