Paul  Samuels

Paul Samuels

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Born in 1989

Lives & works in Johannesburg, South Africa

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14 grouped expositions & fairs

Tierney Fellowship for the project XVI X - 2012

Mack First book Award (Nominated) - 2017

Loerie : The Doom Insecticide Campaign, for print communications: newspaper advertising category - 2017


Presentation of the artist

Paul Samuels is a South African photographer whose work continues to excavate new possibilities for portraiture. His city, Johannesburg, is a key reference for his imagery. Here, encounters with a variety of people, places and spaces intertwine with his interest in relationship between the individual and the societal or subcultural.

His curiosity with photography began in his childhood, with credit given to his father's collection of encyclopedias called Life Library of Photography, and particularly Wynn Bullock's photograph Child in the Forest. Samuels completed his BA Fine Arts with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012. During his studies, he worked as an intern at Glow Photographic, which expanded his technical and professional knowledge beyond the conceptual and critical thinking. In his final year he was awarded a Tierney Fellowship for the project XVI X, a body of portrait works of young men from the suburb of Edenvale, east of Johannesburg.

His work has been shared across the globe in solo shows and through inclusion in group shows and projects.

Samuels is influenced by his mentor Jo Ractliffe, and other South African greats including Guy Tillium, David Golblatt, Larry Clark, Pieter Hugo, Ross Garrett, Seyou Keita and Malick Sidibe.

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Nationality : South Africa

Photography Print Films Video Contemporary Art

In connection with

Artskop3437 selection, Paris, Bordeaux - France


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Group exhibitions & fairs

2020

Art Montpellier, Artskop3437 Project, France

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2016

gainst Time, Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali

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2015

Against Time, Bamako Bienalle, Mali

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2015

reGeneration 3, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

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2015

reGeneration 3, Amparo Museum, Mexico

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2015

The Bright night project, Room gallery, Johannesburg

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2015

Seeing through the complexities of difference, Kalashnikovv gallery, Johannesburg

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2015

reGeneration 3,QUAD/Format Festivale, Derby, UK

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2014

Roodepoort research project, Roodepoort South Africa (in progress)

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2013

Present Tense, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (travelling to Paris and Porto)

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2013

New York Photo Festival, New York

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2013

On the night I remember, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

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2012

Newwwork 12, University of the Witwatersrand Art Museum

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2012

Wide Angle, University of the Witwatersrand substation gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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2008

The Greenroom Project, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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