Francois Swanepoel (1960-)

Images of artwork by Swanepoel, Francois

Farmhouse Near Riviersonderend

Medium:

Photographic Print, 2003, Edition of 8.

Dimensions:

205cm x 102cm
Karoo Farmhouse Near Prince Albert Drive

Medium:

Photographic Print, 2003, Edition of 8.

Dimensions:

205cm x 102cm
Hooibaalveld Tulbagh

Medium:

Photographic Print, Edition of 8.

Dimensions:

211cm x 112cm

Born in 1960, Francois Swanepoel began photographing at a very young age. In addition to lecturing in photography at the then Technikon Witwatersrand he has also contributed to numerous noteworthy local publications – and, in the process, garnered numerous Ilford and Fuji Profoto Awards. His technical proficiency as well as intimate and passionate interpretation of his subject matter has always made him a popular and sought-after photographic artist.

Although he now describes his medium as “more of a hobby”, he has, with this body of work, continued to capture the South African landscapes that holds such allure for him, with his ever-present intimacy. What draws him to keep capturing these spaces is, he says, “their cleanliness and textured unclutteredness which, at the same time, is kept vibrant by the rich bursts of colour.” Staying true to the vibrant simplicity of these landscapes, Swanepoel has chosen to steer clear of any overt image manipulation. Though by no means a purist when it comes to image manipulation, Swanepoel felt that, in order to pay proper homage to the inherent, natural magic of these landscapes, any image manipulation – aside from the ‘stitching together’ of the large-scale composites – be kept “at an absolute minimum”.

The works on display here formed part of the recent 26 Years On… exhibition, which was held at Stellenbosch’s Oude Libertas Gallery.

Swanepoel currently lives in Tulbagh.