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SAMORA CHAPMAN is a media specialist with skills in writing, photography and visual art. He is a freelancer based in Durban, South Africa, and contributes his work to various printed publications, websites and journals. He also supplies words and images to marketing, media and corporate clients. His interests range from street culture to fine art, fashion, sport, adventure and the environment. His specialty is getting under the skin of the city he lives in, finding the beauty and the humanity between the hard urban edges, with an artist’s eye.

Email: authorsamora@gmail.com | Cel: 0745868164 | Follow @samora_chapman on Instagram


Busker Boy

Second Place at Interpret Durban, 2016


Flip tricks

On assignment for Cotton On Foundation, Durban, South Africa, 2016


Gusheshe kings, Durban, 2016

Gusheshe kings show off their skill in Wentworth. That’s a nine-year-old at the wheel yo!


She came from the mist, KYPO, 2017

Gogo and child

Thokomele Mthethwa and her gogo Thokozile Mthethwa photographed on assignment for a Brazilian organization called Arts of the World, which is raising funds for the Mpumazi Primary School outside Eshowe. The series of portraits I shot will be used as references for artists from around the globe, who will render the pictures in fine art or graphic styles. The paintings then get printed onto t-shirts and sold to raise money for the kids and the school.


Man and hound(s), Durban 2016

Queen Mangie, Durban, 2016

Street portrait of a fashion designer in the Durban inner city. Mangie designs wedding dresses and always looks fabulous!


Rudeboys bring the noise

Samora interviews The Rudeboys – pioneers of the unique Durban electronic music called Gqom, which is taking over dance floors across Europe like wildfire. Read the story on SUPERBALIST. Durban, 2016


The Zulu Nation gathers, Durban, 2016

The Zulu Nation’s 200th Anniversary Celebration in 20 powerful images. See the photo essay on OkayAfrica.