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About Malcolm


I spent the first years of my life in Lesotho, surrounded by art and creative people at the family-owned Kolonyama Pottery. After finishing my schooling in South Africa, I returned to Lesotho to be trained as a potter. An injury prevented me from continuing on this path, so I went looking for other options. 

 I found myself at the right place at the right time when I met UK-born photographer Roger Bell in Cape Town, who offered me a job as an assistant. He mentored and tutored me for 4 years until I was ready to start out on my own. I opened my first studio in Cape Town in 1990, and quickly built a solid and loyal customer base.

I specialised in commercial still-life photography and worked on major advertising campaigns. I enjoyed watching some of my photographic assistants become successful photographers themselves. My small studio grew over time into a medium-sized business, with 4 studios in South Africa and hosting 6 other commercial photographers. 

When digital photography was introduced in the mid-1990's, I was one of the first professional photographers in South Africa to embrace and understand this medium. As a result, I became a 'teacher' to other photographers who adopted this medium at a much later stage. This was the foundation for the (online) workshops that I continue to present to this day. 

In 2022 I retired as a commercial photographer and closed my studio in Cape Town. It was time for a new challenge. So I moved to the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal, to continue my workshops and explore new avenues. I can't wait to share my knowledge with you and look forward to meeting you either online or in person.

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