Later this month, acclaimed photojournalists, Justin Fox and Don Pinnock, will present a series of their works under the exhibition title Postcards from the Road. In Postcards from the Road, Pinnock and Fox – both of whom have served on the editorial board of Getaway magazine – “re-imagine” images that once served to document journeys; transporting them into the world of fine art. Postcards from the Road opens at David Krut Projects Cape Town on 15 October and continues until 3 December 2011.
Jacqueline Nurse on Postcards from the Road:
Postcards from the Road showing at David Krut Projects Cape Town from 15 October – 3 December 2011, is an exhibition of works by renowned photo-journalists, Justin Fox and Don Pinnock, re-imagined for presentation in a fine art context. Taking the form of postcards, in which image and text work in juxtaposition, the works form a narrative of the places to which the photojournalists have travelled and the different ways in which these journeys can be seen.
At the age of 12, Justin Fox picked up his first Nikon camera with the aim of documenting a family trip to Europe. Thus, he started down the road of capturing travel in photographs and writing, seeking always to portray the genius loci, the spirit of place. In a parallel universe, Don Pinnock emerged from the 1980s in South Africa, exhausted by political tumult and gritty social realism, and chose the different path of travel photojournalism, as a balm for his burnt-out soul. Also armed with a Nikon, he went out and discovered the beauty of a continent in which he was close to losing hope.
Justin Fox’s story:
“I was given my first Nikon at the age of 12, just before a family trip to Europe. Since then, photography has always been associated with travel for me. Photographing and writing became ways of capturing my journeys. This developed into a passion that has grown over the years. When I joined Getaway magazine 13 years ago, it also became my job.
Initially my photography was simply about recording as much as possible in the short time available on an assignment. The style was that of the ‘wish you were here’ postcard. Over time my vision started to change. I planned to spend much longer periods in places where the photography would be fruitful. Rather than shoot continually, I now sought just few images that would capture the genius loci, the spirit of place. This trajectory has led me away from pure photojournalism towards creating images that will say something more about a space, that will convey my feelings about the place…and that will last.
Don Pinnock’s story:
“Being a historian and criminologist as well as a journalist, my photography grew up in the gritty social realism of a country at war with itself. The images were peripheral to my writing, taken with no skill, a good deal of bravado and always of people.
I staggered out of the 1980s near burned out into a new country in the making. In truth, I’d had it with people, their politics and the acrid smoke of near revolution. In a way, Mandela’s calm presence at the helm gave me permission to step away into a job that left my lefty friends aghast with its political irrelevance – a travel photojournalist at Getaway magazine. Some comments hovered in the vicinity of ‘traitor’.
Photo by Don Pinnock courtesy David Krut Projects