Cape Town, July 16 – The main projection space at Orms Cape Town School of Photography was packed. Everyone was waiting in rapt anticipation for the projection of student work to begin. Then Tiffany Clark, technical coordinator, pushed the button and…there the stories were!
The story subjects included street sleepers, a childrens’ circus, seals under water (the student was with them), a troop of refugee actors from Congo, a Malawi couple making a new life in South Africa, an anti-apartheid hero who lost his legs in the struggle, a Zimbabwean artist in South Africa, and a group of Utopians living on an abandoned military base, just to name a few.
Then, the great moment of the workshop arrived – the award of the Golden Scarf. The scarf is indeed gold in color and is signed by all the instructors and staff. The winners have not necessarily been the best photographers in their workshop, though they have always been outstanding photographers. Rather, they have been the student who most embodies the spirit of Foundry – cooperation, collaboration, sensitivity and excellence in photographic and journalistic skills.
This year the Golden Scarf went to Shaun Swingler of South Africa. Congratulations to Shaun!
Instructors’ awards went to Ray Ochieng Olewi of Kenya, Lindeka Qampi of South Africa, R.D. Hunting of the US, Gerardo Aguilar Herreros of Mexico, Juan Pablo Ampudia of Mexico, and Michelle Rosner of Canada for their work and support of the teaching exercise.
After the image-packed evening many students and faculty went to a nearby brew pub/wine bar to celebrate the completion of the work and to say goodbye to their colleagues…until next year’s Foundry – tentatively to be held in Mexico City.