If you weren't aware, World Photography Day has just come and gone. Celebrated globally on 19 August, the day is aimed at inspiring photographers across the world to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world. While we may not have joined in on the celebrations, there is more than enough time until the next World Photography Day to enjoy the wonders of the medium by visiting Joburg's top photo gallery.

The Market Photo Workshop 

The Market Photo Workshop has been at the forefront of educating young photographers and developing their skills since 1989. Founded by highly-acclaimed photographer David Goldblatt, The Market Photo Workshop has provided vital training for photographers from disadvantaged backgrounds who would otherwise not have had access to photographic equipment. Some of the school's most well-known alumni include Zanele Muholi, Jodi Bieber and Lebohang Kganye.

The Photo Workshop Gallery, established in 2005, showcases both the student's work and exhibitions by professional photographers. An additional exhibition space, Gallery 1989, has also been opened since the Workshop made its move across Mary Fitzgerald Square to its current location. Entrance to these galleries is free to the public, so you really have no excuse not to pay them a visit.

Market Photo Workshop

What's On 

Since its inception, The Photo Workshop Gallery has hosted landmark group exhibitions like Short Change (2009), Working the City (2010),  Plastic Crowns (2017) and Faces and Phases 11 (2017). They have also hosted photographers including Juan Orrantia, Laurence Bonvin, Musa Nxumalo, Tracy Edser, Samantha Simons, Sabelo Mlangeni and Lebohang Kganye.

This month sees Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni's latest exhibition, titled Ukugrumba move into the gallery. Mabula is a Market Photo Workshop graduate and 2018 Tierney Fellow. Her photography exposes the humanity in oppositional, chaotic or even boring environments. Ukugrumba, which means to “dig up” in isiXhosa, is a body of work motivated by Mabula's family’s trauma as a result of activism in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid. Presenting the stories of unsung heroes and those forgotten by the system, this exhibition is a must-see.


When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 18:00.

There will also be a guided walkabout on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 11:00.

Gallery Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

Where Is It?

The Photo Workshop Gallery, c/o Market Square, 138 Lilian Ngoyi St (Entrance at Margaret Macingana Street), Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

Market Photo Workshop

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or give them a follow on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/marketphotoworkshop

Twitter - twitter.com/_photoworkshop

Instagram - instagram.com/_marketphotoworkshop

Contact them on 011 834 1444 or via email at [email protected]

The Ice Rink

Northgate hosts one of the last ice skating rinks in town and the price to dance about on the ice has never looked better. Skating is now cheaper than a haircut - well, depending which barber you go to of course.

Zoo Lake Public Pool

The best thing about the Zoo Lake Public Pool is the venue's Cape Dutch architectural design which is in keeping with the style of the area and of course the amazing pool. The water is always spotless and the tanning spots well kept. It's a pretty cool place for a picnic as well.


Just across the road from the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown is the MuseuMAfricA which is not only an important ethnological museum holding artefacts, paintings, photographs, musical instruments and archaeological items, but is also an animated memorial to key phases of Johannesburg’s past. Dig in to the continent's history by paying a visit to this awesome slice of yesterday - the price will please you and your wallet.

Wits Origins Centre

Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is a world-class museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind and telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity in southern Africa. The centre is kid friendly and the little ones are sure to learn a thing or three about our ancient ancestors.


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It's all about the Il Grande, baby. Spoil the kids to lucious big seats, popcorn, and even pizza at the Montecasino. Their Il Grande cinema is cosy and comfy and just the best thing since peanut butter and jam for lunch. The cinema shows movies in both 2D and 3D. We can't wait for the next animated sensation to hit the big screen just so that we can check out the Il Grande... we're kids at heart, okay!


City Rock

Indoor rock climbing is all the buzz right now. why not grab the little gang, head to City Rock in Fountainbleu and have them climb to their heart's content. Now, now don't stress too much. It's perfectly safe and there are trained pros who will watch the kids like hawks. Maybe you should give it a whirl as well.


By Shawn Greyling


With so many things to do in Johannesburg, there’s no reason to be left out in all the wonderful happenings and trends in and around our diverse city. Check these top 10 cool hangout spots for students.

Neighbourgoods Market

An obvious one for choice is this market. Set in the trendy town of Braamfontein, every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, finger-licking food and plenty of things to buy. This is where you will find artisan trend-setters, foodie fans, design extravaganza, and so much more!

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein

Market On Main

Second up is Market On Main. This is a weekly market that trades in regional foods and local design. It takes place every Sunday at Arts On Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they’ve got it all, which makes Market On Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct

Student Hangout Spot

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Set in the hub of the city, situated under the M2 Highway lies Mary Fitzgerald Square. It is a vibrant, unique, and cultural complex that is home to three theatres and two art galleries and on Saturday mornings a flea market continues at the theatre. Across all this lies the Newtown Junction Mall, where you can always get what you’re looking for!

Where: Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street

Maboneng Precinct

One may feel overwhelmed at the number of things there are to do in this trendy area. Maboneng is a gentrified precinct filled with creatives, a day and night market, fine food, drinks, parties, movies and so much more! This is a stop for everyone – no matter what your tastes or preference.

Where: 286 Fox St & Kruger St, Johannesburg


Being a residential area to most WITS and UJ students, the bustling 7th Street on Melville is filled to the brim with restaurants, bars and shops – it’s the place to go! Melville is also home to 27 Boxes, an innovative shopping centre made out of shipping containers. More and more people are flocking to this super-trendy area for food, drinks and a bit of retail therapy in this bustling centre. The best part is that its FREE!

Where: 7th Street, Melville

Student Hang out 2

Campus Square

To all the students around Auckland Park, this is your convenience centre for almost everything. From your daily necessities, monthly groceries, retail shopping, yummy takeaways, to grabbing a quick drink with a friend, this is the square where you can get all that done and more!

Where: 39 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park

Zoo Lake

For a peaceful and sunny afternoon grab your mates and head to Zoo Lake. This is one of Johannesburg’s most popular outdoor spaces and certainly one of the safest, particularly over weekends. On the first weekend of the month, there is the ‘artists under the sun’ art market, which draws the crowds. You can enjoy picnics, riding, jogging and mouth-watering meals and drinks from close by restaurants.

Where: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street

What Is It?

What are you doing this Freedom Day? If you haven't planned anything yet, why not get your tickets to the 14th annual Back to the City Festival at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown? You can expect an epic lineup featuring talented artists representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in both commercial and underground Hip Hop in Africa. It's going to be a day of live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions. The inner city is going to come alive with true freedom of expression to celebrate the experience of youth culture. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Monday, 27 April 2020  from 10:00 - 02:00.

Where Is It?

Mary Fitzgerald Square, Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R150 - R450 per person on Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.backtothecityfestival.com.

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