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Shooting the Festival: Hlumela Mkabile

Published on 13 July 2015

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][FESTIVAL NEWS] For the 11 days of the National Arts Festival, a small team of photographers – photojournalism students and staff from Rhodes University’s School of Journalism – spend 15 hours a day either shooting shows (usually under extremely tricky light conditions) or processing and uploading images. It’s gruelling, it’s not very well paid – but we’re sure you’ll agree that the results are extraordinary.

  • CuePix has opened its vault of almost 5 000 images taken during the National Arts Festival to the public. The images are free to use – but please credit CuePix and the photographer by name. If you would like a high-res image, contact our Media Office:

We’ve asked members of the CuePix team to choose their favourite photographs of the past fortnight. Here is Hlumela Mkabile’s selection:


Hlumela Mkabile is currently completing her Bachelor in Journalism and Media Studies, specialising in photojournalism, at Rhodes University and is also working as a freelance photographer. She majored in English Language and Linguistics, and is interested in the study of African languages and cultures. She enjoys exploring different aspects of her own culture and those of others with her camera in hand.