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Photographer in Focus: Meet Self-Taught Photographer Fundiswa Ntoyi
Published 9 months ago by

Ntoyi’s body of work is made up of photographs of people she came across without actively searching for specific characters. 

Bloemfontein-born and Cape Town-based photographer Fundiswa Ntoyi captures everyday human lives and emotions. 

Ntoyi’s portraits captivate with the emotional connection she orchestrates between her subjects and the viewers.  

Her work is not simply focused on photographing ordinary people beautifully, but rather she works to capture the emotions and the stories behind their faces. 

Ntoyi told the Mail & Guardian that she is a self-taught photographer. 

“All I did was google photographers. I literally learned to take photos by looking at other people’s photography,” she said. 

Ntoyi believes she has a lot to learn before she can fully accept the label “self-taught photographer” and is focusing on producing consistent work and staying dedicated to her craft.  

A natural selection 

Ntoyi’s body of work is made up of photographs of people she came across without actively searching for specific characters. 

This unforced, natural way of finding her subjects is reflected in her aesthetic. She never asks her subjects to pose, but mostly shoots portraits in an unstaged environment, with natural light, creating a quietly significant moment out of the found.  

While her approach might seem effortless, it is not careless. She is always conscious of personal space and boundaries, especially when taking portraits of strangers. 

Even within these social boundaries, Ntoyi’s photographs portray emotion so vividly and honestly that they can connect her subjects with the people who view her photographs. Each image becomes a translation of a South African story.  

It is her intuition and emotional awareness that make her pictures so intriguing. “When it’s the right one I know,” she said. “My heart tells me.” 

See more of her work here. 

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