Mikhael Subotzky

South African, b. 1981

Mikhael Subotzky was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently based in Johannesburg.

Subotzky’s most recent body of work, Beaufort West, has been published in book form by Chris Boot Publishers and was the subject of the 2008 exhibition New Photography: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Subotzky’s work has been exhibited widely in major galleries and museums, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and FOAM (FotoMuseum Amsterdam).

Recent awards and grants include the Oskar Barnack Award, the Lou Stouman Award, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, the ICP Infinity Award (Young Photographer), the KLM Paul Huf Award, and the Special Jurors Award at the 2005 VIes Recontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako.

Subotzky is represented by Goodman Gallery, Studio La Citta, and Magnum Photos.


2009      Lou Stoumen Prize
2008      W. Eugene Smith Grant
2008      ICP Young Photographer Infinity Award
2008      City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award
2007      KLM Paul Huf Award
2006      F25 Award for Concerned Photography
2005      Special Jurors Award from VIes Recontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako


2008      Beaufort West, Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
2007      Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town
2006      Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
2006      Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2005      Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town


Museum of Modern Art, New York
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery
FOAM (FotoMuseum Amsterdam)


2008      Beaufort West, Chris Boot