5 young African creatives under 30 to watch out for in 2019

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey Jul 14, 2019 at 07:00am

July 14, 2019 at 07:00 am | Faces of Black Excellence

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey | Contributor

July 14, 2019 at 07:00 am | Faces of Black Excellence

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Austin Malema, 28, South Africa, Photographer & CEO of Pixel Kollective

He started off working as a videographer in television coverage from 2014 but quit after about three years because he felt like he was missing opportunities and most importantly because he was bored. He fell in love with photography because of a relative who would take pictures of his family and so after he quit TV, it was to be a full-time photographer. Instead of celebrating his 21st birthday with a party, he used the money to buy his first camera, which cost about $1,200. Since then, Malema has photographed for many brands globally and for events such as the South African Music Awards, the South African Film and Television Awards and the Global Citizen Festival.

His work has also led to him photographing popular musicians such as Drake, Joey BadA$$, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. in 2018, he founded his first company, Pixel Kollective, with his two partners.

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