100 World Class South Africans: Jodi Bieber

2013-08-06 12:00

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Witness to unseen lives

Photography has been a journey of discovery for Jodi Bieber, and through her projects she shares what she’s seen with the rest of us.

‘I have learned that photos speak very loudly. Not all, and not all the time, but when they do, they can create change,’ she said in an interview with Visi magazine last year.

Bieber’s startling portrait of 18-year-old Bibi Aisha, whose ears and nose were sliced off after she fled her abusive husband in Afghanistan, made the cover of Time in 2010 – and netted her her 10th World Press Photo Award for photo of the year (beating 108 059 other images).

Her other prize-winning pictures have depicted rugby players in Madagascar, ballroom dancers in Ennerdale, illegals crossing the Mozambique/SA border, the ebola crisis in Uganda and an Iraqi police academy.

There is nowhere this photographer fears to tread.

Bieber first worked with the late, legendary Ken Oosterbroek at The Star newspaper.

She was soon one of 10 international photographers chosen to attend the World Press Masterclass in Holland (in 1996); in 2011, she returned as a lecturer.

Bieber has published two books of images, won the Prix de l’Union Européenne at the Bamako Biennale, and exhibits and does talks on photography around the world, from London and Vienna to Nepal and Turkey.

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