Laurice Taitz-Buntman's Blog (26)

Soweto’s photography collective

The photographs make you look twice. First because they are pretty, stylized shots, speaking the language of fashion photography, and then again because of their setting.

Pimville, Kliptown and Orlando in Soweto, Alexandra are not usually names that conjure the hipster lifestyle, freedom, beauty, or high fashion. It’s crazy that…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on July 13, 2012 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

The sparklers at the heart of the Diamond Jubilee

Sophia Loren is looking at me. And she is entrancing. An extremely realistic portrait of her by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz – created by the arrangement of around 3000 thousand glittering loose diamonds photographed on a page – hangs in De Beers Headquarters on London’s Charterhouse Street.

Part of Muniz’s “Diamond Divas”…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on June 4, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

A sneak preview of Wits Art Museum

It's taken 11 days but I am officially ready to start 2012. It's a Joburg thing - from December to January the city's heartbeat slows, in preparation for the crazy pace that will follow for the next 11 months. (If we are going to end the year by throwing fridges out of high-rises some contemplative time will be necessary)

This year will be no different…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on January 11, 2012 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Shopping in Joburg's inner city

Fatima Nanabhay's cash register at the African Music Store 

“What’s your top seller?” I ask Fatima Nanabhay of the African Music Store near Diagonal Street in Joburg’s city centre. “The goat bells,” she says. At R14 a piece they fly out the shop. Cow…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on December 18, 2011 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Joburg's street people


I am taking the Banksy view on this 


I am trying to work out the hierarchy of Joburg's street people, prompted by my ongoing fascination with who is outside my car window. This is Joburg and the cast is carnivalesque, a constant reminder that no matter your state of privilege there is no getting away…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on November 27, 2011 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Joburg's public art - West side story Part I


The unofficial public art in the city - District 9

Taking a walk in Joburg’s inner-city city may just surprise you for all the right reasons... [The brilliant photos are by Wesley Poon]

Ask anyone who lives here to…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on November 14, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Straight out of Benoni - A Postcard a day from Gauteng

Nothing to do but punt the app (available for all your Apple and Android devices so download it now) created for Gauteng Tourism by the uber-talented super smart, and my most favourite, T-Shirt designer Bradley Kirshenbaum of Love Jozi (and co-creator of one of the city's other…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on November 13, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Joburg to Hatfield by Gautrain

Marco Cianfanelli's Urban Man, Hatfield

"This is Mr Matthews your train driver. Sit back and relax. The weather is sunny, the ride is sweet and everything is Ayyyyyyobbbbba (Drawn-out…

Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on November 2, 2011 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Miriam Makeba remembered and remixed

Absolutely loving the reminder and remix (not so sure about that club version) of Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata by Milk & Sugar "Hi-a ma". A beautiful day in Joburg - sun shining, sky is blue - and it's a good way to keep your mind off today's news which includes the passing of the visionary Steve…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on October 6, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

I was shot in Joburg

It sounds like a Hollywood script. A Joburg architect on holiday in Cape Town commits a misdemeanour and gets sentenced to three months community service. Not wanting to have to return to Cape Town he proposes to the court that he contribute to a community closer to home. He comes up with the idea to work with a children’s shelter to train youngsters in how to take photographs with…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on October 3, 2011 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

Design Network Africa's beautiful objects

Chair by Cheick Diallo


Coinciding with the Joburg Art Fair last week was an exhibition curated by Adam Levin of Imagine Nation (the global homeware store based at …


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on October 1, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

It’s the Joburg Art Fair. Head for Sandton

It’s the Art Fair. I don’t usually blog pre- an event, preferring to experience it for myself before I tell anyone it’s worth doing. But the FNB Joburg Art Fair is a sure thing. Opening night (by invitation only) happens tonight and then from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon there’s art and more art, framed and named, performances, appearances, talks of all…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on September 21, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Julius Malema at the Troyeville Hotel book club


While Julius Malema was not celebrating a victory after the contentious hate speech ruling delivered yesterday we were at the Troyeville Hotel dinner and book club listening to Fiona Forde, the author of his biography, in conversation with …


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on September 13, 2011 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Waking up in Braamfontein – Hotel Lamunu and the NeighbourGoods Market

I’m calling it. All that energy and moolah invested in Braamfontein got a little closer to paying off this morning with the opening of Cape Town’s favourite Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. But before I talk about that let’s rewind… The week stared with an invitation from Southpoint Hospitality for an overnight stay at its…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on September 10, 2011 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Marie-Claire, Bryanboy and me

Skyline Gardens, Braamfontein. The photo is from SouthPoint Hospitality

Thursday night I spent surrounded by Joburg’s fashion set at the Marie Claire Prix D’Excellence del la Mode 2011, which if my French serves me (until now…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on September 5, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

iPhoneography SA exhibition in Sandton

Photo by Zac Rusagara


It’s reassuring to know that there’s a name for this condition. Among its symptoms are thinking that every cloud formation is worthy of a photograph, and every amusing sign or artfully arranged plate of food deserves to be captured, shared and…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on September 4, 2011 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Walking through 125 years of Joburg’s history

Saturday morning we joined a walking tour of Joburg’s inner city. “Through the lens: 125 years of Johannesburg photography” was a fascinating trip through the city’s history using collected photographs as a guide. A city walk takes on new meaning when you take its history along…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on August 29, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Willem Boshoff's SWAT at Goodman Gallery

SWAT, 2011 by Willem Boshoff

The last time I wrote about artist Willem Boshoff I called him a messianic bergie, and I meant that in the nicest possible way. Last…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on August 19, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Don't miss Dialogue in the dark at Sci-Bono in Newtown

Take a look at the square above. What do you see?

Now take another look. And then imagine that’s all you can see. It’s a tiny taste of a riveting exhibition currently running at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown.…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on August 16, 2011 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Cullinan's Greek treasure

Until a few Sundays ago the biggest find in Culllinan was the 3106 carat diamond discovered there in 1905. No doubt much has happened since but I have no idea what it is. On a sunny winter’s morning we made our way to the area north-east of Pretoria now known as Dinokeng, chasing a tale about brilliant Greek food. There is no limit to how far I will travel for a great meal. Add to that – on a winter’s day Pretoria and its…


Added by Laurice Taitz-Buntman on August 10, 2011 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

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