b. 1981

South African

Based in Cape Town, South Africa

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Mikhael Subotzky’s works are the results of his fractured attempts to place himself in relation to the social, historical, and political narratives that surround him both at home in South Africa and on his frequent travels. Executed in a variety of mediums – from photographs to film and video installations, and more recently collages, drawings and paintings – these works have been widely exhibited and collected.

Subotzky was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa. He first became interested in taking pictures during his gap year in Southeast Asia and went on to study Fine Arts at the  Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. His first body of photographic work, Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners), was an in-depth study of the South African penal system. Umjiegwana (The Outside) and Beaufort West extended this investigation to the relationship between everyday life in post-apartheid South Africa and the historical, spatial, and institutional structures of control.

Subotzky has also worked on commission for many publications and selected clients which include Vogue Magazine (various countries) Time Magazine (US), Topic (US), and The Guardian (UK). Beaufort West (Chris Boot, 2008) was Subotzky’s first monograph and the series was included in the exhibition New Photography 2008: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2008).  A third monograph, Ponte City (Steidl, 2014) is the product of a six-year collaboration with the British artist Patrick Waterhouse.

Selected works

Society

Ponte City

Mikhael Subotzky

An intimate social portrait of Johannesburg's iconic Ponte City and its community of residents by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse

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Beaufort West

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Newsroom

Die Vier Hoeke: Inside the four corners of the South African prison system

Mikhael Subotzky

Events

Solidarity: The Magnum Square Print Sale, supporting the NAACP, in collaboration with Vogue

Theory & Practice

Bit by Bit, Mikhael Subotzky’s Destructive Collage Process Dismantles Depictions of White “Founding Fathers”

Mikhael Subotzky

Arts & Culture

Creativity During Crisis: Magnum Live Lab in Quarantine

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Theme | 18 Stories

Quarantine Conversations

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Quarantine Conversations: Alex Majoli and Mikhael Subotzky

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Theme | 31 Stories

Magnum Photos on COVID-19

Past Exhibition
Atlanta, USA

Live Lab: Atlanta

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 19

Arts & Culture

Supporting New Talents and Perspectives in Photography

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Past Exhibition
Munich, Germany

“Magnum Manifesto” in Munich

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Until Jan 27, 2019

Past Exhibition
Paris,

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

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Until Nov 11, 2018

Theme | 10 Stories

On Photobooks

Arts & Culture

Ponte City

Mikhael Subotzky

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos at Photo London 2018

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Until May 20, 2018

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 11, 2018

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Arts & Culture

Yellow Bile (or Work in Progress): The Artwork of Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky

Past Workshop
New York, United States

New York Photobook Masterclass

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Jun 17 - 18 · Fully booked

Theme | 8 Stories

Photography Insiders

Arts & Culture

The Magnum Gift Guide

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Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

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Oct 31 - Nov 4