Ruth Motau: When passion becomes the job ‘I have a responsibility to tell stories’

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Ruth Seopedi Motau is pictured in front of one of the many photographic features she has completed during her long career. Photo: Manyatsa Monyamane
Ruth Seopedi Motau is pictured in front of one of the many photographic features she has completed during her long career. Photo: Manyatsa Monyamane

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After steering away from covering political violence and social ills, Ruth Motau has been documenting ordinary people’s lives for decades.

The first time Ruth Seopedi Motau picked up a camera, it was way before she knew that photography would become her passion and career. She stumbled upon a camera at home at the age of 13 and would take photographs for her sister to develop in the darkroom where she worked.

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