Cedric still owes me wedding pictures. I’ve been divorced since 2005

2013-10-07 16:49

It’s a cool Monday. The Buccaneers are still in the Champions League. The Gunners are top of the log ahead of the two-week break.

It was a tough point on Sunday. Jack Wilshere’s goal sparked a bit of a celebration. Plans for a bright and early Monday died there and then. Dumb move. Again.

Once the fog clears, Monday will get even better. I’m off for an evening of free booze and food. Well, not quite free. In return for being fed and watered, I have to speak for my supper. Should be a laugh.

Years ago I worked at a newspaper called The Leader. It was in the Goodhope Centre in Grey Street. The Leader doesn’t exist any longer. Grey Street is called Yusuf Dadoo. The Leader’s office was on the second floor.

On the first floor there was this small office. It was about the size of a wardrobe. I used to walk past it every day. It was normally closed.

The one day it was open. There’s this cat with a cup of tea in his hand. We greet each other.

The cat’s name is Omar Badsha. Omar offers me a cup of tea. I accept. I’m not that keen on hanging out in the office. We get chatting.

It turns out Omar is a photographer. A very good one. The cupboard’s actually a darkroom. Omar’s a founder of Afrapix. Afrapix is a collective of photographers.

Progressive ones. Photographers with a social conscience – with an eye for telling the story of the world around them. And a refusal to be newspaper slaves.

We finish our tea and I head off. I’m fascinated. And baffled. I’m a kid with not much of an idea about what’s going on. I didn’t know it then but Afrapix and the people in it would occupy a sizeable amount of my life for the next 20 years.

Back to today. Afrapix doesn’t exist any more. Three of the folks involved in Afrapix do. So do most, thankfully. Rafs Mayet, Cedric Nunn and Deseni Soobben are feeding me.

They’re having an exhibition. The exhibition is part of a commemoration of Afrapix and the work they did. Twenty years later. The exhibition’s called Lights, Camera Fire. It’s at artSPACE in Umgeni Road.

I’ve worked with Cedric, Deseni and Rafs. They’re three very different humans with very different eyes and interests. All murderously good.

Cedric and Rafs were both at my wedding. Cedric still owes me pictures. I’ve been divorced since 2005. I don’t blame them, though.

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