Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa for Axe Sud/Arte France, South Africa, Chromatic Portraits, 2014, Film, 52 min.

South Africa, Chromatic Portraits – Online Film Screening & Panel Discussion


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 12:00 pm

In conjunction with Defiant Visions

Join directors Nathalie Masduraud, Valérie Urréa and photographer Lesley Lawson for a panel discussion and film screening of South Africa, Chromatic Portraits. The documentary South Africa, Chromatic Portraits (2014) depicts forty years of political events in South Africa through the lens of its photographers. These range from David Goldblatt, the founding father of South African documentary photography, and the historical members of Afrapix, an independent agency that was inspired by Magnum and created in 1982, to the contemporary photography scene and the heirs of this “Struggle Photography”, including Jodi Bieber, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi and Thabiso Sekgala.

Lesley Lawson was a writer, photographer and audio-visual producer during the South African struggle years from the late 1970s to early 1990s. She worked largely for NGOs, trade unions and women’s organizations and was a founder member of the Afrapix collective.

Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa are documentary filmmakers. Both have made films on their own: Urréa has focused on autism and dance as well as social issues related to gender, race and disability, while Masduraud has produced portraits of artists besides films on the occupation and the French colonies. They made their first film together in 2014, South Africa, Chromatic Portraits, a documentary dedicated to the South African photography scene produced by Arte, and subsequently produced numerous social and historical documentaries.