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 Comments

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

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

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  8. 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!

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