Rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the South African creative industry, renowned photographer Austin Malema continues to add to his already impressive portfolio having landed himself a six-page in-depth feature spread of some of his best work and career in the latest issue of GQ South Africa.
Titled “The Music Issue”, the November edition features an array of images of some of the world’s biggest musical artists shot by the photographer such as Drake, Beyonce, Asap Rocky, J Cole, Kwesta, Sho Madjozi, Swizz Beats, Steve Aoki and Caiphus Semenya. The photographs were taken at various concerts and events around the world such as Black Coffee’s first instalment of “Music Is King” at TicketPro Dome, the Global Citizen Concert in Nasrec, Castle Lite Unlocks, Tomorrowland and Sole DXB in Dubai – a regional lifestyle platform for footwear, fashion, culture, art and design.
Going in-depth into some of the challenges his faced throughout his career, work ethic and building his reputation, the photographer also touches on the role of photography in modern society, the future of photography as well as issues of youth unemployment and how art is slowly bridging the gap.
“I think the role of photography in today’s society is to show how diverse the country is. Africa isn’t a jungle, and social media has helped show how beautiful this place is, as well as the amount of creativity our youth possesses.”