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Market Theatre Foundation Management Team

Lekgetho James Makola – Head of the Market Photo Workshop

Currently the Head of Market Photo Workshop , Lekgetho James Makola sits on the International Advisory Committee to the Board of CatchLight – San Francisco, and was on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the 2017 Bamako Encounters – Mali. He has been in the judging panels for number of national and international Photography and Arts Awards in the past 5 years, including CAP prize, UPPA, Thami Mnyele Art award, W Eugene Smith grant, World Press Photo 2019 and in 2020 as Chair of General Jury. He participated as a reviewer in the 2018 New York Times Portfolio Review and the 2019 Canon Student Development.

Lekgetho, born in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo, has a Fine Art degree from Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. He is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice 2009, and a Graduate of Howard University in Washington DC USA with MFA in Film Studies 2013. He worked for the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum including an internship at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. He co-founded Kali TV in Washington DC 2012, an online media platform reporting news on Diaspora communities in the USA. He is a founding member of Parallel Film Collective Washington DC, 2012, a non-profit organization focusing on ‘Local Equals Global’ film culture with the idea that stories of everyday people are worth being told

He also founded an independent production company KGETHI IMAGES (Pty)Ltd in August 2014 South Africa, which focuses on film, media and art productions. He is also founding member of the Brand New Africa Foundation which focuses on support on ‘critical rural education support’ and ‘youth professional development activations’ in the time of the 4IR in South Africa and the region. Lekgetho is an active founding member of the virtual continental network Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa.