Justin Dingwall (b. 1983) is a successful Johannesburg-based artistic photographer. He achieved a Baccalaureus Technologies in Photography Cum Laude from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2004. Dingwall has exhibited extensively both locally in South Africa and Internationally. He has been selected for various awards including, SA Taxi Foundation Art Award 2015, Sasol New Signatures 2014, and IPA – int’l photography awards 2013.
The artist creates images that resonate with emotion and challenges traditional notions of beauty. His works leans towards the unusual, and avenues less travelled with cultural undertones.
His famous “ALBUS” series has been exhibited both locally and internationally. It is a series of beautifully composed portraits of Thando Hopa, a legal prosecutor who is using her visibility to address the negative perceptions surrounding Albinism. With Albus, Dingwall seeks to inspire a public debate on the taboo subject of albinism, as albinos are frequently discriminated and subject to superstition and violence throughout Africa. In many areas of the continent, magical powers are attributed to them; some are even killed, their body parts much sought after. He portrays albinism in a striking manner, in sharp contrast with conventional notions of beauty.
Series A SEAT AT THE TABLE
This series developed into an exploration of the aesthetics of vitiligo in contrast to the idealised perceptions of beauty. It began as an interest to capture something not conventionally perceived as "beauty”. Dingwall began this project with the portraits of Moostapha Saidi. Dingwall’s intention is for the images to become a celebration of beauty in difference. “They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful”. Dingwall’s interest lies in the unique and the different. “To me diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful”. Dingwall has foregrounded certain elements in his work. These symbols have inspired his perceptions as an artist, and are significant in his intention to affect the viewers’ perspective.