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Tijuana, Mexico, 2015

Hope To Sea

Stowaways, Durban, South Africa, 2013

Flip tricks

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

Busker Boy

Second Place at Interpret Durban, 2016

Magic bus

Bus driver burns incense in hope of a safe journey, Durban, South Africa, 2013

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.

Cato Manor, Durban, South Africa, 2013

On Monday 7 October Nyati Gcinithemba was shot in the chest at the entrance to the uMlazi Courts. He was unarmed, leading a chorus of voices, singing songs of freedom. Nyati and 30 other members of Abahlali base-Mjondolo (a shack dwellers movement) were calling for the release of three fellow activists who had been held by police all weekend for attending protests in uMlazi.”

Read the investigation into Cato Manor’s housing crisis: To Kill A Poor Man


School kids, Zululand, South Africa, 2012


Durban graffiti King, 2016

Stand Still

First Place at Interpret Durban, 2011

Sidewalk Surfer

Dodging crack-heads on the way to the beach, 2011

Three kings

Medicine man, Durban, South Africa, 2012

Sand sculptor, Durban, South Africa, 2013

Durban has a vibrant informal economy. Street vendors, artists, crafters hustlers and racketeers cover the sidewalks and back-alleys. In a place where unemployment is dire and poverty widespread, this informal economy is crucial to the livelihood of millions that exist on the social and economic margins. There are approximately 40 000 street traders in the Durban metropolitan area. Bunched into this category are about 15 lost souls who eke out a living along the Durban beachfront by building sand sculptures and hustling for donations. They are an integral part of the very fabric of the beachfront scene.”

Read about the Durban beachfront sand sculpting scene: Dead Ringer

Father & Son

Medicine man, Durban, South Africa, 2012

City ship

Stowaway art, Durban, South Africa, 2013

Dark City

Street lady, Durban, South Africa, 2015

Fishermen, Durban, South Africa, 2016

I’ve been working as a photojournalist in this city for seven years (on and off) but I still feel disconnected sometimes, lost in the paradoxes. My Zulu is swak but I believe in Ubuntu. I have made many mistakes; under-estimated the power of words, lacked empathy, charged through stories like an imperialist instead of taking a back seat and letting people speak their own truths. Of all the things I’ve learned, there’s only one I’m truly sure of – that there’s much work to be done to bridge the divides… between rich and poor, between races, between cultures.”

Read Samora’s ode to Durban on Between10&5: A Unified Space

Gold on the tracks

Valley of 1000 Hills, Durban, South Africa, 2014 | On assignment for The Crest magazine

Look into my eyes

Zululand, South Africa, 2013 | On assignment for SA Forestry magazine


Shongweni, Durban, South Africa, 2010 | On assignment for 1000 Hills Tourism


Gweru, Zimbabwe, 2015 | On assignment for Tomy Takkies


Car wreck, Zimbabwe, 2015