Ruphin Coudyzer started his
photographic endeavours in the early 70's by compiling a documentary
on Kliptown, a then coloured township in Soweto. An exhibition of
this material was held at The Photographer's Gallery in London in
1975. Thirty years later, some of this work found it's way to
Kliptown's Community Centre and is now permanently displayed there.
At the same time, Coudyzer started an ongoing collection of
documentary street photography which he simply called "Focus On
People" and which was conducted not only in the streets of
Johannesburg, but also during various visits to his home country
Belgium and in London, Paris, Lesotho and Mozambique.
Ruphin joined The Star Newspaper in 1977 as a general news
photographer, a position he held for two years, both years winning
the Star News Picture of the Year Award with some of his social and
political documentary photography (see the first two
photographs displayed in this section - PW Botha at Sasolburg in
November 1978 and Mr. Chitsongo, a Mozambican living in SA for over
50 years, being evicted out of the country in Aug 1979).