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South African photographer and journalist Masixole Feni captures homes, both lost and found, to promote social awareness.
WORDS: LAURA JONES IMAGES: MASIXOLE FENI, COURTESY WWW.GROUNDUP.ORG.ZA
Masixole Feni (34), a journalist and photographer, known for coverage of social and community issues reports for www.groundup.co.za. He’s had a keen interest in photography from the young age of 13 when a group of professional photographers would visit the Sakhumzi Children’s Home in the Mfuleni settlement in Cape every weekend during school holidays.
“The name of the group was Icon Image and consisted of a group of friends which included well-known photographers such as the late Garth Stead, then Picture Editor for Media24”.
Masixole recalls, “I got to attend various photography workshops hosted by the iliso Labantu (the eye of the people)”.
Now, he has two children, both boys and lives in Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. He uses a Canon
DSLR. “I like taking pictures since it’s a means of another form of demonstration, and when different people have various issues, images can pin point the problem, forming social awareness.”
MASI’S DREAM JOB
His dream job is to travel someday, to see the world while working on a cruise ship as a photographer. He is determined to make his dream come true and has his sights set on a specific cruise line. He needs to present a full medical report, and apply for an American C1 visa which includes a number of vaccinations. He is appealing for assistance with photographic work to raise funds for the $760 dollars he needs for his application.
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