Tshepiso Seleke (thedarkroomartist)
Who is Tshepiso Seleke?
Tshepiso Seleke is South African cinematographer, known as “thedarkroomartist” from Soweto, Orlando – a place of rich history and culture but also of great struggle. He works within an imagined space of a bittersweet reality – of black people having come this far but also not having gone anywhere at all; the collective black experience still tells issues of systematic oppression and political and social injustice. Being careful to set a specific tone of representation, Seleke captures his subject in socially proviacative backgrounds with subjects that act suspended from the circumstances; forging the past and the present. He is a voice for those who have been stripped of individual agency and power and those who have their agency but are still working with limited spaces.
He has a diverse field of experience – from being an IT technician to being a professional cinematographer and a visual artist, and within those spaces having worked with big companies nationally and internationally such as Isidingo and National Geographic, to name two.
He hopes to see more black people taking up space and finding their voice.