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Browsing Archive: October, 2014

Resuscitating an Old Friend

Posted by Hilton Hamann on Thursday, October 9, 2014, In : General 


It's funny how quick we are to toss out something that, just a few years ago, was the state-of-the-art and that brought joy and wonder to us when we got it.
 Last week I lunched with a keen, amateur, photographer who regularly produces work that is the equivalent of that of any professional photographer. He is a successful businessman, at the top of his profession (not even remotely related to photography) and has the financial means to own and use the best and latest photographic equipment. A...

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Sometimes you just have to be optimistic

Posted by Hilton Hamann on Monday, October 6, 2014, In : Opinion 
 A couple of days ago, as I roamed the streets of Johannesburg in search of subjects and stories, I came upon a group of young black men.
 It appeared they were having a picnic which is not something you see every day. These guys were all youngsters, I don't think any of them is older than about 22.
 I stopped to chat - something just six months ago I would never have contemplated doing. You see, back then I'd have figured we'd have nothing to talk about. After all, where would a middle-aged, c...
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Hilton Hamann Hi! I am Hilton Hamann. For almost three decades, I've photographed and written about fleeting moments, big and small, in South African history. I first picked up a camera while still at school when I started working for the local newspaper in Springs. After a stint in the army and Angola, I returned to the newspaper. In 1982 I joined the Sunday Times, South Africa's largest newspaper, where I became the Pretoria Bureau Chief and military correspondent and primarily covered unrest in the townships and military operations in Namibia and Angola. In 1986 I left the Sunday Times to pursue a freelance career and my work - through London-based photo and news agencies, Camera Press and Planet Syndication - appeared in hundreds of publications in over 55 countries. These included, London Sunday Times, Penthouse, International Defense Review, Janes Defence, News of the World and dozens more. South African publications included: Fairlady, Independent, Johannesburg Star, Living Africa, Sawubona, De Kat, Insig, City Press and Sunday Times. In 2002, my work with UNITA in Angola, resulted in winning a Finalist Award in the Mondi Magazine Awards Competition, South Africa's most prestigious journalism and photojournalism competition. I am also the author of four books, including the best-seller, "Days of the Generals - the story of South Africa's Apartheid-era military Generals" that is now in its 8th reprint and is included in the US Library of Congress. I have photographed, guerrillas, presidents, film stars, captains of industry, criminals and common people.

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