Portrait of a Sangoma

Sangoma Nombulelo, Nyanga township, Cape Town
Sangoma Nombulelo, Nyanga township, Cape Town

We’re always on the look out for interesting topics relating to Zulu culture and heritage, and in our search we recently stumbled upon the most fascinating series of portraits from German photographer, Peter Frank. Simply entitled ‘Sangomas’ the photographs were first exhibited in 2011, but the subject matter is one that Frank is still focusing on, and hopes to return to South Africa to continue this work. The first body of work included twenty-four different healers, primarily from the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, but Frank has ambitions to publish a book, which will include the eleven largest ethnic groups in South Africa, and will extend the project to include 100 different traditional healers.

Click here to watch a short video on the exhibition Sangoma’s, which has traveled from South Africa to Europe, including showings in Switzerland and Austria. The images are at once spiritual and educational, showing the wide variety of attire worn by sangoma’s from the different regions of South Africa.

Image courtesy of peterfrank-gallery.com


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