‘Tripping over Presidents’ launched

2017-11-14 06:00
Matthew Willman launched his first autobiographical ‘Tripping over Presidents’. PHOTO: supplied

Matthew Willman launched his first autobiographical ‘Tripping over Presidents’. PHOTO: supplied

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EVERY photographer’s dream is to one day shoot the ideal photo that will go down in history, but for Highway’s Matthew Willman, this dream materialised in 2004 when he was commissioned for official shoots with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Willman spent a great deal of intimate, one-on-one time with Nelson Mandela.

He has been afforded diverse and interesting photographic commissions that include Robben Island, Inanda Heritage, The Royal Ballet School in London, Tromso in the Arctic Circle and Red Fern Aboriginal Centre in Australia. Personalities, among others, include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Annie Lennox, FW de Klerk, the Dalai Lama and former U.S. president, Bill Clinton.

To add to his list of accolades, he founded his own charity in 2011, Matthew Willman Foundation for Visual Arts. This foundation is committed to making a difference to individuals and communities through visual arts. They use art as an enabler to change and uplift vulnerable communities.

Willman said he is driven by people, who they are and what they shape themselves to be.

“I have a constant desire to explore the diversity of life. I love connecting with people, using the camera to explore and reveal an intimacy I wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to do if I were just a visitor or passerby.

“Everything I’ve photographed is an extension of my own personal interest and need to learn more, to understand, so as to try answer my own personal life questions. The rewards are rich.”

This year, Willman launched his first autobiographical Tripping over Presidents.

He said the book is centered around, “a young man facing the challenges of making a photographic career for himself”.

“This book is an opportunity to share some of those stories. It may leave you wanting to hear more. It will definitely inspire you to follow your dreams and begin your own exploration of the adventure we call ‘life’.”

To buy online for ebook/e-reader and hard copy go to (South Africa) https://www.matthewwillman.co.za/books/

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