Dave Robertson Photography - Professional photographer in Cape Town, South Africa

Dave Robertson is a self-taught visual artist, born in Zimbabwe,
based in Cape Town . His photographic work is primarily a form
of social commentary.

A career highlight for Dave was winning a national award at the
Spier Contemporary 2010 for 'Paper Trails', a documentary photographic
project focusing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Dave's first photographic book, “Plakkerskamp, Bonnievale 2003 -2012”,
was recently published by a humanitarian organisation in Luxembourg, Europe.
The book won a national publication award, the "Letzebuerger Buchprais 2013".
The project spans nine years and documents a group of marginalised
people living in an informal settlement near Bonnievale, a few hours drive
from Cape Town. The images focus on the gradual improvement of living
conditions over the nine years, as well as the introduction of a NGO funded
day-care center for pre-school children from the informal settlement.


Previous to this, he was best known for a series of expressionist,
hand-painted photographs of marginalised lifestyles in Southern Africa.
These were exhibited as a series of photo lithographic prints at galleries
in Germany, the Netherlands and at “Photo LA 2004” in the USA.

More recently his work has been exhibited by several galleries in
Cape Town including the Kalk Bay Modern, the Irma Stern Museum,
the Bell-Roberts Gallery, Focus Contemporary gallery as well as
the Kim Sacks Gallery in Johannesburg.

Dave's first exhibition of large-scale abstract paintings was
hosted by Worldart Gallery, Cape Town, in 2011.Entitled 'concrete trails, urban tails',
the paintings sold out in three weeks. Since then he has exhibited paintings in many
group shows around South Africa.

In early 2014, at the Res Gallery in Johannesburg, he exhibited Partially Nomad, a body of work
which combined painting and photography. Work from this show was selected

to show in the celebrated  group exhibition entitled "Twenty: Art in the time of Democracy" .

Recent Exhibitions

2016 “Ephemeral Pleasures”, group show, Moor Gallery, Franschoek.
2016 “Muse Montage”, Eclectica Modern Gallery, Cape Town.
2016 “Materialisation”, group show, Art in the yard gallery, Franschoek.
2016 “A tribute to Rose Korber”, group show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

2015 Twenty: "Art in the time of Democracy", University of Johannesburg.

Twenty: "Art in the time of Democracy", Pretoria Art Museum.

2015 "Partially Nomad", THATARTFAIR, Woodstock , Cape Town.

2014 "Twenty years of Democracy", Appalacian State University, North Carolina.

2014 "Urban Wonderland", Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town.

2014 "Great stock", group show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

2014 "Partially Nomad", Solo show, Res Gallery, Johannesburg.

2013 "Artreach", group show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

2013 "Plakkerskamp, 2003 - 2012", award winner, Luxembourg Book Awards 2013.

2012 "Plakkerskamp, 2003 - 2012", book launch Chateau de Wiltz, Luxembourg.

2011 "concrete trails urban tales", Worldart Gallery, Cape Town.

2010 "Point of Focus", pinhole photography, Kalk Bay Modern Gallery, Cape Town.

2010 "Bonani Africa", documentary photographic show, The Castle, Cape Town.

2010 "Spier Contemporary 2010", award winner for 'Paper Trails' series.