There are certain ways that each individual recalls the past - whether this is mainly through a sense of smell, taste, sight, sound or touch varies from one person to the next. These senses, which vary in intensity from one individual to the next, as well as over time, are what make living memories and recollections. With my focus on sight and translating moments into narratives of some sort, I aim to create images of people and spaces that instil levels of feeling, mood and purpose.
I spent my early years in Mowbray in Cape Town, then moved to East London in 2000, where I subsequently developed a fond love of the Eastern Cape. I am now based in Port Elizabeth. I completed my Masters Degree in Photography in 2015 at Nelson Mandela University, and this enabled me to recognise, understand and appreciate the camera's ability to tell stories. As a visual storyteller, I want to be able to create distinct, personal stories that evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
I am available to travel locally within South Africa, as well as internationally, and would love to hear from you. For bookings or further inquiries, please get in touch with me via the box provided in the contact menu.
Australian Magazine, Frankie, Issue 54.
Australian Magazine, Smith Journal, Volume 8.
Elle South Africa Online - Ed’s World.
You can view my interview, along with my photographs here: http://www.elle.co.za/on-my-radar-photographer-hannah-minkley/
South African Journal of Art History
Narrative portrait photography and South African collector culture, South African Journal of Art History.
I co-authored a paper in 2013 with Dr Heidi Saayman Hattingh for SAJAH 28(2):85-101.
2015 Photographing Other Selves: Collecting, Collections, and Collaborative Visual Identity, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth.
This solo exhibition consisted of portraits documenting collectors, their collections, and handwritten text. The body of work made up the practical component of my Masters degree.
2013 For Play, Group Exhibition, Underculture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth
2013 Beneath the Surface, Group Exhibition, The Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth.
2013 Animal/Advance Exhibition, Ron Belling, Port Elizabeth.
2013 Design Indaba, Emerging Creative Programme, Cape Town.
The Emerging Creatives Programme at the Design Indaba showcases 40 aspiring local designers, and their related designs. It is an internationally recognised event and takes place
at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
2012 Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town
The Cape Town Month of Photography Festival showcases more than 70 bodies of Photographic works, in both solo and group shows, and is held in both inner and outer city venues around Cape Town.
2012 The Collective Photography and Graphic Design Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
Held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, this group exhibition showcased 3rd and 4th year Photography and Graphic Design students’ work from 2012.
2011 The Collective Photography and Graphic Design Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
Held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, this group exhibition showcased 3rd and 4th year Photography and Graphic Design students’ work from 2011.
2011 Cape Landscape Group Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
Held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to highlight the Eastern and Western Cape environment through landscape photography.
2010 Red Location Documentary Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
Held at Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth, this group exhibition focused on documenting peoples’ lives and living environments in the Red Location.