|HARNESS HAMESE: Biography
b. October 14, 1986, Yeoville, (Johannesburg), South Africa
Harness Hamese is a self-taught photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a rich body of work that is photo journalism and fine art. Both professional elements are often interlaced in the same elegantly structured images. His works seem to be of unspecified eras or moments in time yet forcefully modern and even contemporary.
It was on the street that he first met the enthusiasts of the Dandy collective named Khumbula (a Nguni word that means "remember"). As he states: "Together, we have created an ongoing body of work that looks at post apartheid nostalgia. We focus particularly on how our parents used to dress and the integrity thatís attached to these expressions of individualism and independence through the creative force of personal style, in a time in which their options were limited." This is an ongoing project, equally intense in both black and white and color, which records and archives creative and iconoclastic social, political, aesthetic and artistic points of view.
Harness Hameseís work is part of the Fine Print Program at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.
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