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Gary van Wyk: “George Hallett Introduced Me to Documentary Photography”

Moving in TimeIn a recent Cape Argus article by Nontando Mposo, Gary van Wyk shares the story of his journey to becoming a photographer.

Van Wyk, who is now collaborating on the third season of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons, says that Steirn is not the first great photographer to inspire him. He first got the idea to become a photographer on a beach next to the Caribbean Sea when he saw a photographer preparing to capture an image of a particularly amazing sunset.

George Hallett was another important influence in Van Wyk’s development. Hallett, who is the author of Moving in Time: Images of Life in a Democratic South Africa, has been called one of South Africa’s “finest living black photographers”.

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“I started my internship at the Cape Argus in 2003. I was supposed to be there for only two days but I stayed for five years. When Cape Town photographer George Hallett introduced us to documentary photography, I jumped at it … it just made sense to me,” he says.

“It was the best training and experience I could have asked for. I learnt how to shoot under pressure. It was the best way of learning … the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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