Katharine Cooper, South African photographer, artist and writer
Katharine Cooper is a South African portrait and social documentary photographer who, after her studies and apprenticeship under Lucien Clerque in Arles, went back to Zimbabwe and South Africa to document the white minority, a subject shrouded in taboo. Because of its atypicality and intenseness, her series "White Africans, a Voyage to the Homeland" received the photography award from the Académie des Beaux-arts, Paris in 2012. Concerned with the dramatic events in the Near East and compelled to understand the suffering that was taking place, Cooper has travelled to Syria every year since 2015 and became one of the few women photographers to cover the aftermath of the latest wars in Syria and Iraq. In 2016 she was amongst the first photojournalist to visit Palmyra, three days after its liberation from Islamic terrorists. The exhibition at Flatland examines how Cooper’s social and conflict photography can be interpreted as artist documentary combining an artist's sensibility with a need to inform.