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 initiative, Sunshine Cinema, in 2013. She is partner in the documentary production company Makhulu Media founded by her husband Rowan Pybus.
- 2017 Women in Photography Mentorship
- 2017 Mail and Guardian Top 200 South African
- 2017 Group show at SMAC Gallery – Cape Town
- 2016 Time is Love International Video Art Exhibit
- 2016 VideoNomad exhibit in Sengal at Dakar Biennale
- 2014 Gisele Wulfsohn Mentorship Market Photo Workshop
- 2014 ART54 Funding for Soft Walls on Sea Point Promenade
- 2013 Africa Center Residency at Jiwar in Barcelona for Making Neighbourhood
- 2010 Sensational Mix Show with Musa Nxumalo in Rotterdam
Publications: Le Monde, 1843 The Economist, ADACC, Le Nouvelle Observateur, The Africa Report, Camera Austria, National Geographic Traveller, Redbulletin.
Clients: Google, The World Bank, Facebook, Doctors Without Borders, DHL, Travelocity, The Children’s Radio Foundation, Fairtrade, The African Center for Cities, Red Bull.