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South Africa

Lives in
Cape Town, South Africa

Works in
Cape Town, South Africa


University of Pretoria, 1966, BA Languages and Art History
University of Johannesburg, 1973, MA Art History

Representing galleries
State Of the Art, Mogalakwena Gallery, ArtSlant

digital, photography, surrealism, landscape, conceptual, mixed-media, figurative, abstract

Resume Statement


GOAL: To express in images my experience of the relationship between people; the relationship between man and nature.


Currently      Photographer working on special projects and making books.



Freelance Arts writer and critic for local media in South Africa.

Researcher and Lecturer in Art History/Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.

                       Prior to that museum      professional officer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.


The shift from 'onlooker' to 'doer', happened gradually, and has now become a major occupation.
The move towards fine art photography was prompted in 2009 when three incidents steered me in this direction: The online gallery for fine art photos, Camera Obscura, presented a feature on me. Later the same year I received an invitation for a solo exhibition at a new Waterkant Art Gallery in Cape Town.  The work sold well to local and international collectors, and was also exhibited in New York City.


South African Art Writers and Critics Association (SAAWCA)




2015: September: Launch of photo-book, Still Life in Motion and solo exhibition of images from the book, Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town

2010 March-May 2010 at the Waterkant Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa: The Flow of Stone.


2014: September and October: New Thoughts: After Time, as part of Month of Photography (MOP) photographic festival, Spin Street Art Gallery, Cape Town

2013: April 4 to May 31: Cape Town School of Photography.

2012 Sept. 26 to Oct 31: Month of Photography (MOPS5) Triennial in Cape Town, organised by the South AFrican Centre for Photography.

Contraposto, curated by Bongani Jjalo, celebrating human form, at online gallery, State of the Art, June 2012.

Affordable Art Fair in New York in May 2010

Hardcore Photography at Cape Town School of Photography 2010

Reality and Beyond at Museum Africa, Johannesburg, 2009


My photo, Shadow of The Eye, was selected as Cover on the book, along with other photos by the author, Dawn Garisch: Dance with Suitcase; A Memoir resting on Movement, Tiber Tree Press, Cape Town. Nov 2013

Local media - magazines and newspapers : Earthyear, De Kat, Rapport, Beeld, Die Burger, Die Volksblad, Conde Nast House and Garden, South African Country Life, Flamingo Airline inflight magazine (frontpage photo and lead article).
Represented in the publication: Around the World with TPN (Travelphotographers Network), 2008, edited by Sarah Clarehart.
Photo's purchased and used in promotional and tutorial purposes by New York Institute of Photography, 2010.
Photo's used for promotional purposes by Cape Town School of Photography 2011.


2015 STILL/LIFE IN MOTION  a portrait of time passing,Design and Layout: EMC Design, Printed: Hansa Printers, Cape Town Sept. 2015,

ISBN 978-0-620-66614-5I

CODE 9 780620666145

View on: www.issuuttp-//


2013 TO LIFE - DANCE IT; A Story in Words, Images, Movement, by Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht in collaboration with Dawn Garisch, design, layout and publisher  Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht


View book on:


Artslant Showcase Winner Round One, March 2014

Artslant Showcase Winter Round 4 May 2013

Artslant OnLine Gallery Showcase Winner Round 4 July 2012
Artslant Showcase Winner Round 5 October 2012
Artslant Watchlist (Salesroom Artist) May 2012
Artslant Selection of photo, A Fishy Tale; Heads or Tails in Curated Selection Category, January 2012.
Artslant Selection of  photo, Museum for Africa, as part of the World Cultures Collection Curation Category Nov 2011

Kipton Art Online Gallery Selection of Four images  Top Ten weekly Designer Collections by New York designer, Adrienne Neff on Kipton Art, 10th May 2011

New York Institute of Photography Merit Award 2009

South African Art News Editors Choice  for review of fine art photographer, David Goldblatt 2010.

Invited as participant in Roundtable-conference for Art Writers and Critics with Professor Shelley Rice from New York University, organised by the Roger Ballen Foundation in Johannesburg 2009.

ARTISTS WITH WHOM MY WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN at Affordable Art Fair, New York May 2010
Cloete Breytenbach, Johan Kuus, David Levine, Gunther Komnick, Ginger Odes, Frits Lemaire


Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town 2015
State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town 2011 ongoing.
Waterkant Gallery and Affordable ARt Fair New York, 2009
New York Institute of Photography bought works after Merit Awards, 2009.
Private sales of prints on archival paper in limited editions printed by Tony Meintjes and by  Orms Professional Photographic Lab in Cape Town, South Africa


Im exploring the multi-layeredness of humans interacting with their environment - natural and built interiors, through movement. The associations awakened by the visual appearance and disappearance of form, distortions that happen when line and form change from being in- and out-of-focus, intrigues me. In-camera techniques as well as processing and printing on different surfaces, from fine art paper to aluminum, through printing processes like Light Jet and Giclee all have special characteristics which I like to consider. By blending photo's into layers I hope to achieve the effect of entering a kind of psychological space where the unconcious can be read in non-literal language, i.e. the language of gesture of the body language. 
Other concerns are the effect of erosion (physical) in nature and through traumatic experiences in people.  Erosion also seen in the distortions of shapes seen in reflecting surfaces. In short, my images attempts to help the viewer see underneat the surface - physically and psychologically.

For my  current project, broadly exploring people moving, which should end in an Artist Book, printed on fine art paper in limited edition, I collaborate with friends. They are not professional dancers, and mostly bodies that are not shy showing the effects of time, in skin-texture and body shape. The title for this project is: Still Life in Motion, to be published in September 2015.

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