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The Photographer 


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.