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The Archive is a selected compilation of writings and videos.

Seedtime Retrospective - a review by Khehla Chepape Makgato (ampersandonline)

A review of Omar Badsha’s ‘Seedtime Retrospective’ at Museum Africa, Johannesburg

Better known as a social documentary photographer, anti-apartheid activist, unionist, historian, writer, many people do not know that Omar Badsha started his professional career as an artist in the 60’s. To introduce this my article on Badsha, I will quote Eric Newton, scholar, artist and art critic, from his book The Arts of Man. He wrote in the dawn of Badsha’s art career, ‘To note that man is a recorder of his own experience is important, for that is equivalent to saying that man is an artist.’

Article on Omar Badsha's Photography in the Kulula in-flight magazine (March 2016)

In the March 2016 issue of Kulula in-flight magazine appeared an article on SA's top four black-and-white photographers. 

See here for article.

Activist, photographer Badsha's work on display, Daily News, 08 October 2015

Running at the Durban Art Gallery until November 31, a press relase states that the exhibition spans almost five decades, starting in the 1960's, and includes Badsha's early prints and drawings as well as his celebrated photographic essays.

Badsha Brilliance, The Mercury, 1 October 2015

Some of the many fascinating images featured in Seedtime: A Retrospective of Omar Badsha, an exhibition now at the Durban Art Gallery in the city centre.

The exhibition covers work from the 1960s and includes Badsha’s early prints and drawings, as well as his now-celebrated photographic essays. Clockwise, from left, are photographs of a teacher in Inanda in 1983; a candid shot of woman in a canteen; Dorothy Nyembe in 1983, celebrating her release after 15 years in prison; and a candid shot in KwaZulu-Natal in 1983.

Meqoqo: He Forces Us All To See Differently - Omar Badsha In Conversation By Linda Fekisi

Omar Badsha, considered a pioneer of “resistance art”, is one of South Africa’s most celebrated documentary photographers. He has exhibited extensively at home and abroad and is our guest this week in our occasional Meqoqo (Conversations) slot. Iziko Museums is currently hosting a retrospective exhibition entitled Seedtime at the National Gallery in Cape Town. It showcases Badsha’s early drawings, artworks and photographic essays, spanning a period of 50 years. The epitome of the self-taught professional, he currently runs SA History Online (SAHO).

One-Man Revolution: Omar Badsha's Latest Exhibition has been called a landmark by Sean O'Toole, 18 July 2015

“I was terrified putting this thing up,” said photographer Omar Badsha one Saturday in early June. He was referring to the process of self-curating his astonishing career survey exhibition, Seedtime, on at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. “I wasn’t sure it would work.” Wearing a blue ball cap and sober business shirt, Badsha was addressing an audience gathered to listen a group of panelists make sense of his work, which spans five decades and includes woodcuts, pencil and crayon drawings and photographs. Based on their qualified feedback, his fears were unfounded.

The visibility of invisible moments by Ashraf Jamal

IT WAS English art critic John Berger who said: "The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play not with form, but with time." His interpretation is of particular relevance to the work of Omar Badsha, a trade unionist, activist, and artist who, since the 1960s, has devoted himself to recording the workers’ struggle, the plight of the disenfranchised, and the longing for a truly nonracial, democratic settlement in SA.

Badsha's lens don't lie , The Daily News, 19 September 1979

LETTER to Farzanah is the title of a book by the Durban artist and photographer Omar Badsha, hist first. To Launch the book and to co-include with its publication, an exhibition of th original photographs has been mounted at the Hermit Gallery. Badsha has been part of the...

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