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Tracey Derrick Photographer South Africa


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Tracey Derrick Photograhy South Africa

South Africa is a country with a wealth of cultures, and this is what my work is about. By seeing how we differ in our lifestyles, we can recognise how much we have in common.

I photograph ordinary people: refugees, sex workers, street children, displaced Himbas, farm workers and women in prison. In these portraits of their lives at work and play, they are given a voice, dignity and power. They are testimonies confirming the beauty and hope of individuals and their communities.

My photographs are never taken without permission, as my work is dependent on creating a relationship with people and their situation.

As little technical support as possible is used - a manual camera, no flash and no filters - to capture a raw energy in one to three frames. Cropping, I believe, destroys something of the truth and immediacy of each moment. Working mainly in black and white, I process the films and develop handprints in my darkroom. All these techniques involve human decisions as opposed to a digital process.

Recently, I used a digital camera to document my journey through breast cancer. This has given me an appreciation of the immediacy of digital photography and reawakened in me the pleasure of colour intensity. I am excited to be running photographic workshops with digital as well as manual cameras.


Tracey Derrick


Archival release of unique photographs

The photographer is releasing a limited collection of photographs from her personal archives, which span more than 20 years of work, from 1993 to 2004.

Tracey Derrick Photograhy South Africa


The photographs are full frame and untouched. Although they’re not editioned, they are one-offs, and all are signed and dated.

This is an exclusive opportunity to acquire work produced and printed by a highly respected photographer during a specific time frame in South African history. Some of the photographs have never been exhibited or published.

This collection of unique prints is being sold to cover medical expenses around the recurrence of Tracey’s breast cancer.


Click CLICK HERE to see the available prints.





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