Photo of Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn

b. Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1957. Lives in Assagay, KZN.

Spanning three decades, Cedric Nunn’s photographs highlight the interplay between the personal and the political, challenging reductive views of ‘change’.

Exhibitions (solo)

2010 In Camera, Albert Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal
2009 Cedric Nunn: Revision, Bailey Seippel Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Blood Relatives, Old Fort Gallery, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
1997 Malhawu, Macufe Arts Festival, Bloemfontein. Blood Relatives, Playhouse, Durban
1995 The Hidden Years, KwaMuhle Museum, Durban
1987 Stop the Killings, University of Durban-Westville, Durban
1984 Bosmont, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (group) - South Africa

2016 Beyond Binaries. Essence Festival, Durban
2010 Bonani Africa
2010 Festival of photography, Iziko Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2010 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2010 Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
2010 Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg. Unisa Gallery, Pretoria
2009 Voices, End Conscription Campaign, Spier, Stellenbosch
2009 Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
2008 Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Iziko Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2007 Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
2007 Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2004 Fatherhood Project, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg
2003 Youth on the Move, Parliament, Cape Town
2000 Every Child is My Child, African Window Museum, Pretoria
2000 Living in a Strange Land, Parliament, Cape Town
2000 Emotions and Relations, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
1999 Lines of Sight: Perspectives in South African Photography,South African National Gallery, Cape Town
1999 Workers, The Workers Library & Museum, Johannesburg
1998 National Development Agency, Workers Library, Johannesburg
1997 South African National Gallery Contemporary Collection, Cape Town
1997 NGO Coalition, Johannesburg
1995 Black Looks, White Myths, Africus Johannesburg Biennale, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg
1994 This Land is Our Land, Bloemfontein
1989 Beyond the Barricades, Market Photo Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Ten Years of Staffrider, Market Photo Gallery, Johannesburg
1987 History Workshop, Wits University, Johannesburg
1985 South Africa – The Cordoned Heart, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
1984 Women at Work, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (group) - International

2010 South African Photography: 1950 to 2010, Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin; Goch Museum, Goch, Germany
2010 Hearts and Minds, Savanah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA
2010 Africa: See You, See Me!, Grey Art Gallery, New York; Accra; Lagos; Piazze della Signoria, Florence
2007 Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Melbourne Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Sweden
2003 Johannesburg Alive, Bagata, Columbia
2002 Group Portraits, Nine South African Families, Tropen Museum, Amsterdam
2002 Bamako, Maison Descartes, Amsterdam Photography Biennale, Amsterdam
2002 Bamako African Photography Biennale, Bamako, Mali
2000 Capitals, Espace Matisse, Lille, France
1998 3rd Festival of African Photography, Bamako, Mali
1998 Democracy’s Images: Photography and Visual Art after Apartheid, Bildmuseet, Umea; Uppsala Art Museum, Boras Art Museum, Malmo Museum, Sundsvallas Museum, 1998 Sweden; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Impression Gallery, UK; Pori Art Museum, Finland
1996 Colours-Contemporary Art from South Africa, Haus de Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany
1990 Zabalaza Festival, London, UK
1987 Culture in another South Africa, Amsterdam, Holland. Health, South Africa & Germany
1985 South Africa: Cordoned Heart, International Centre for Photography, New York & The Photographers Gallery, London
1983 Nicht Wir Uns Trennen, Germany

Public presentations

2010 Lecture, New York University, New York
2010 Panelist, ArchitectureZA 2010 Conference, Johannesburg
2010 Panelist, Africa on My Mind symposium, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Georgia, USA
2010 Presented a talk and slide show at University of Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town
1999 Participant (delivered paper), Encounters Photography Conference, Cape Town


South African Broadcasting Corporation
South African Development Bank
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Ukhozi FM
Ford Foundation
Cheadle Thompson and Haysom
Johannesburg Housing Company
Radio Metro
MOTT Foundation
De Beers
Safer Africa
Sheer Sounds

Publications - work featured in books

2009 Darren Newbury, Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa, Unisa Press, Pretoria
2007 Gavin Chawtra, Andre du Pisani & Abillah Omari (eds), Security and Democracy in Southern Africa, Wits University Press, Johannesburg
2004 Edgar Pieterse & Frank Meintjies (eds2004), Voices of the transition: the politics, poetics and practices of social change in South Africa, Heinemann, Sandown
2004 Gwen Ansell, Soweto blues: Jazz, popular music and politics in South Africa, Continuum, New York
2003 Melanie Samson, Dumping on Women: Gender and privatisation of waste management, SAMWU and Municipal Services Project, Athlone
2002 Omar Badsha (ed.) With Our Own Hands: Alleviating Poverty in South Africa, Department of Public Works, Pretoria
1998 Shamin Meer, Women speak: reflections on our struggle 1982-1997, Kwela Books, Cape Town
1998 Karen Hurt &Â Debbie Budlender (eds), Money matters: women and the government budget, Institute for Democracy in South Africa, Cape Town
1992 South Africa-State of Fear, Amnesty International, London
1990 Jurgen Schadeberg (ed.), Nelson Mandela and the rise of the ANC, Bloomsbury, London
1989 Iris Tillman Hill & Alex Harris (eds), Beyond the Barricades: Popular Resistance in South Africa, Aperture Books in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, New York
1989 Francis Wilson & Mamphela Ramphele (eds), Uprooting Poverty: the South African challenge, David Philip, Cape Town
1988 Andries Oliphant, Ten Years of Staffrider, Ravan Press, Johannesburg
1986 Omar Badsha (ed.), South Africa: The Cordoned Heart. Twenty South African Photographers, Gallery Press, Cape Town & W.W. Norton and Co., New York (Text by Francis Wilson). Patricia Henderson, Waaihoek, Association for Rural Development, Pietermaritzburg.
1985 Jane Barret et al., Vukani Makhosikazi: South African women speak, Catholic Institute for International Relations, London

Publications - work featured in catalogues

2010 Delia Klask & Ralf-P Seipel (eds), South African Photography: 1950 to 2010, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
2009 Andrew Armacost et al (eds), Beyond Beauty: The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, Duke University Press, Durham
2007 Michael Godby, Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Highveld Press, Johannesburg
2006 Africa is Calling: South African Arts and Culture Manifestation in Germany
2006 Seippel Verlag, Koln/Cologne
1998 Jan Lundstrom & Katarina Pierre (eds) Democracy’s Images: Photography and Visual Art after Apartheid, Umea University, Umea
1995 Tumelo Mosaka & Octavio Zaya (eds), Black Looks, White Myths, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Espana, Spain (Africus Johannesburg Biennale catalogue)

Publications - work featured in newspapers

South Africa: Die Vrye Weekblad,The Star, Sunday Express, The Rand Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, City Press, Mail & Guardian, New Nation, South, The New African, Daily News, Natal Mercury, Umafrika, Reconstruct
Europe and United States: London Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Guardian, New York Times, Boston Chronicle for Higher Education, Dagens Industri, Le Humanite

Publications - work featured in magazines

South Africa: Ford Foundation Annual Report 1999/2000, Leadership, Indicator, Speak, Frontline, New Era, Pace, Drum, Upbeat, Learn and teach, Work in Progress, State of the Nation, Ecunews, Diakonia News, Cosmopolitan, Agenda, Critical Health, New Ground, Labour Bulletin, Financial Mail, Die Suid Afrikaan, Leading Edge, Finance Weeks, Development Bank of S.A., Success S.A. Enterprise
Europe and United States: Jazz Times, Telerama, Nova Ecologia, Jeune Afrique, Der Spiegel and Panascope


Independent Electoral Commission, Directorate for AIDS and Communicable Diseases, Beyond Awareness AIDS Media Campaign, Gauteng Department of Housing, Nordic Council of Ministers, Presidents Office, Department of Public Works, Department of Labour, Department of Health, Johannesburg City, ESETA, Johannesburg City Parks, Albert Luthuli Museums, National Development Agency, PetroSA, SaferAfrica, Transnet


Director of Endaweni Photographic, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal
2005 Conceptualised and Directed 'Blood Relatives'™ Video Documentary, SABC.2004: Judge Vodacom Photography Journalist of the Year awards
2003 Judge Vodacom Photography Journalist of the Year awards. Taught New York University students at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2002 Convener of Fuji Press Photo’s awards
2001 Appointed to board of the Bensusan Museum of Photography, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg
2000 Beyond Awareness Campaign, Government sponsored HIV/AIDS campaign to make media available to the public
1999 Judged Fuji Press Awards. Participant in Shuttle 99 Cultural collaboration between Scandinavian countries and South Africa
1998-2000 Director of Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
1998 Attended workshops and visited Helsinki as part of South African delegation. Curator of Photographs Denied, Lines of Sight exhibition, South African National Gallery
1982-1990 Co-founded Afrapix with Paul Weinberg, Peter McKenzie and Omar Badsha
1974-1981 Worked at Hullets Sugar Mill, KwaZulu-Natal.


Call & Response Ralf P. Seippel (Ed)

With text by Rory Bester, Andries Walter Oliphant & an interview by Okwui Enwezor with the artist

Hatje Cantzand & Fourthwall Books (2011). ISBN:978 3 7757 3250 5