Ending 1st Aug, 2023 18:08

Photographs + Editions

  Lot 18
Lot 18 - Graeme  Williams (South Africa 1961-)


Graeme Williams (South Africa 1961-)
Yellow mural with shadows

colour photographic print

Exhibited: Axis Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 'Graeme Williams: The Edge of Town', 20 November to 20 December 2009, an example of the image exhibited.
Location: Johannesburg

Sold for R938
Estimated at R1,000 - R2,000


colour photographic print

Exhibited: Axis Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 'Graeme Williams: The Edge of Town', 20 November to 20 December 2009, an example of the image exhibited.
Location: Johannesburg


20.5 x 25.5 cm unframed


Private collection, Johannesburg.


For thirty years Graeme Williams has worked on highly personal photographic essays, reflecting his response to South Africa’s complex evolution. Photographic assignments have taken him to fifty countries and his photographs have been featured in major publications, including National Geographic Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine. His work is housed in the permanent collections of, amongst others, the Smithsonian (USA), Duke University (USA), North Carolina Museum of Art (USA), Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology (Netherlands), University of South Africa, Iziko South African National Gallery, Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town.

Williams’ work has been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and he has participated in many international group exhibitions, including the 2011 Figures and Fictions exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2013, he was awarded the CAP (Contemporary African Photography) Prize as well as the Ernest Cole Award for the series, A City Refracted. His work was included in a major exhibition showcasing South African photography at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, and in the Aperture Summer Open exhibition in New York in 2014. Images from his series, As the Grass Grows, were included in the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s Being There exhibition in 2017.

The Edge of Town was published by Once-Off Publications, 2007.


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Auction: Photographs + Editions, ending 1st Aug, 2023

Aspire Art presents another specially themed Timed-Online auction, PHOTOGRAPHS + EDITIONS. The sale includes editioned works by well-loved South African favourites, Walter Battiss, Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Nelson Makamo, Karel Nel, Helen Sebidi and Diane Victor, amongst others.

Notable photographic highlights are three historical images from the 1960s and 70s of Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela by the acclaimed photographer, Alf Kumalo. Also featured are photographic works by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and Daniel Naudé and a selection of striking images documenting southern African rural and urban landscapes, by photographers including Gopolang Ledwaba, Struan Robertson and Graeme Williams.

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