- Kgomotso Neto Tleane attended the New York Portfolio Review
- The event showcases photography and related works from around the world
- He and Reatile Moalusi were among 160 applicants selected to showcase their talents
Two Johannesburg-based photographers put South Africa on the map at the 2018 New York Portfolio Review held recently.
Kgomotso Neto Tleane teamed up with Reatile Moalusi to attend the top event, which showcases photography and related works from around the world.
They were among 160 participants selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Mail&Guardian, both photographers said they were reluctant to apply for the event until their friends persuaded them.
Kgomotso said he's self-taught while Reatile is a photography graduate from Tshwane University of Technology.
Having seen the value of showcasing their work at the prestigious Review, Kgomotso and Reatile vowed to encourage more South African artists to apply. Kgomotso said:
There are kids who are out there [who] are really looking to see that this thing is possible — getting to New York, doing what you love.
Both photographers showcased pictures that capture a uniquely South African story. Their focus was on the legacy of apartheid and the need to highlight what Kgomotso calls "black spaces."
They said they will keep lessons learned from the Review while maintaining their style.
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