Sydelle Willow Smith is a photographer & video director working across Africa focusing on memory, migration and identity. Based in Cape Town, born in Johannesburg her studies included time at The Market Photo Workshop, an Honours Degree in Visual Anthropology at The University of Cape Town, and a Masters of Social Science in African Studies from The University of Oxford. One of the most exciting features of her work is the extent to which it is accessible to public audiences experimenting with modes of public participation. It is within the context of public participation that she shines, and where she has drawn together her interests in media, anthropology, and socio-political interventions. Smith cofounded the solar powered mobile cinema non profit, Sunshine Cinema, in 2013. She is partner in the documentary production company Makhulu Media founded by her husband Rowan Pybus.


New York Times Lens Blog, UC Observer (Canada), Le Monde, 1843 Magazine for The Economist, ADACC, Le Nouvelle Observateur, The Africa Report, Camera Austria, National Geographic Traveller, Redbulletin.


EDCTP, Orange Mobile, Google, The World Bank, Facebook, Doctors Without Borders, DHL, Travelocity, The Children’s Radio Foundation, Fairtrade, The African Center for Cities, Red Bull.