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Alet Pretorius

Alet Pretorius – Award winning photojournalist

“Photography broadens my view of the world.  Being a photojournalist, you are put in unfamiliar situations. Recording such events gives you a better understanding of other people, cultures and events. 

Seeing the beauty and the ugly of the world makes you appreciate your own life. It makes you tolerant for others’ lives and way of living. We are all connected by a common thread but also individual. 

Visual story telling is a very important tool to record history. Pictures evoke emotion and are remembered long after the story is forgotten. ”  

Qualifications

BJourn obtained Cum Laude from Rhodes University in 2001 with Journalism and Political Science as main subjects.  I specialized in Photojournalism and Media Ethics.

Current Position

Alet is currently employed as the Chief Photographer for FOTO24’s Pretoria office.  FOTO24 provides photographs for Beeld, Burger, Rapport, Sondag and the picture agency Gallo

Her photographic duties include producing images strong in form (style) and content (news worthiness) for publication on a daily basis for all sections of the different newspapers.  She has to initiate stories and several of her stories has been published in the various sections of Beeld and Rapport.

She participated and organised several exhibitions in various galleries .  Her photographs have also been published in magazines, books and online publications.

Exhibitions

l  2013 – “A collaboration between a painter and a photographer” with Dylan Graham at the Pretoria Art Associationl

2012 – “In Transit” a group exhibition with Lisa Hnatowicz, Liza van Deventer and Theana Breugem at the Pretoria Art Association.

l  2010 – “SNAP II” a group exhibition with several other photojournalists at Platform on 18th, Pretoria (She also organised and curated this exhibition)

l  2009 – “SNAP” a group exhibition with several other photojournalists at Platform on 18th, Pretoria (She organised and cureated this exhibition)

l  2009 – “In Certain Mirrors” curated by Liam Lynch at Magpie Gallery, Centurion.

l  2008 – Took part in the group exhibition by the Visual School of Communication in Menlyn centre

l  2008 – Took part in a group exhibition “Commit” at Platform on 18th, Rietondale

l  2008 – 1 work selected to be displayed on the Ekurhuleni Fine Art Exhibition

l  2007 – 2 works on the Sasol New Signatures Exhibition at the PretoriaArt Museum

l  2006 – “Shooting Women” by F4 at Platform on 18th Gallery, Rietondale.  (4 photographers exhibiting different photo documentaries) (She was actively involved the the planning and conceptualizing this exhibition)

l  2006 – “One Stop Under” at Outlet Gallery, Pretoria.  (3 photographers exhibiting live music photography) (Together with the other 2 photographers she planned and curated this exhibition)

l  2006 – “Nostalgia” at Platform on 18th (4 photographers exhibiting work around the theme Nostalgia)

Competitions

  • 2010 – 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Award in die Sony Profoto Awards.
  • 2010 – Finalist in the ABSA L’Atelier art competition.
  • 2009 – Finalist in the Profoto Awards 2009 in the editorial, portraiture and music and theatre categories (2 Gold Awards, 3            Silver Awards and 2 Bronze Awards)
  • 2009 – Finalist in the L’Atelier art competition.
  • 2008 – Highly Commended in the Images24 Competition in the Portrait category
  • 2007 – Beeld Foto van die Jaar 2007
  • 2005 – Winner in the 2005 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards in the Feature Photography category
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