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Famous South African Photographer Found Guilty of Murdering Sex Worker

Well-known South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa has been found guilty of murdering a sex worker in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013.

Mthethwa received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received his master’s degree in imaging arts in 1989. He is among South Africa’s most famous artists and has had 35 solo exhibitions internationally. His works have been shown at important institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Centre of Photography, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and at the Venice Biennale. Mthethwa is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

During the trial, the prosecution presented CCTV footage linking Mthethwa to the crime scene. The footage shows the artist’s black Porsche pulling up next to 23-year-old Nokuphila Kumalo. The driver is then seen exiting the car and attacking the young woman. He killed her “by repeatedly kicking her and stomping her body with booted feet,” said the indictment. Mthethwa argued that it was not him in the video‚ and called on “gait” experts to testify that the manner in which the attacker walked did not match his style of walking. However, Judge Patricia Goliath stated in her ruling that the video furnished a “silent witness.”

Women’s rights activists rallied outside the courthouse over the course of the lengthy trial with one placard reading, “Sex workers are not your Art”.

Hugs after the guilty verdict (left), and protesters outside the courtroom (right). Photos by SWEAT.
Photo by SWEAT.

Mthethwa uses environmental portraiture, often taken in quiet domestic settings, to explore the life of migrants, farmers and miners in post-apartheid South Africa. He told PDN that in photographing marginalized South Africans in their homes, “I really wanted to empower the people.”

ArtNet reports that Mthetwas’s bail has been revoked while he awaits sentencing on March 29, 2017.


Image credits: Header photo by SWEAT.

Famous South African Photographer Found Guilty of Murdering Sex Worker

Well-known South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa has been found guilty of murdering a sex worker in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013.

Mthethwa received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received his master’s degree in imaging arts in 1989. He is among South Africa’s most famous artists and has had 35 solo exhibitions internationally. His works have been shown at important institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Centre of Photography, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and at the Venice Biennale. Mthethwa is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

During the trial, the prosecution presented CCTV footage linking Mthethwa to the crime scene. The footage shows the artist’s black Porsche pulling up next to 23-year-old Nokuphila Kumalo. The driver is then seen exiting the car and attacking the young woman. He killed her “by repeatedly kicking her and stomping her body with booted feet,” said the indictment. Mthethwa argued that it was not him in the video‚ and called on “gait” experts to testify that the manner in which the attacker walked did not match his style of walking. However, Judge Patricia Goliath stated in her ruling that the video furnished a “silent witness.”

Women’s rights activists rallied outside the courthouse over the course of the lengthy trial with one placard reading, “Sex workers are not your Art”.

Hugs after the guilty verdict (left), and protesters outside the courtroom (right). Photos by SWEAT.
Photo by SWEAT.

Mthethwa uses environmental portraiture, often taken in quiet domestic settings, to explore the life of migrants, farmers and miners in post-apartheid South Africa. He told PDN that in photographing marginalized South Africans in their homes, “I really wanted to empower the people.”

ArtNet reports that Mthetwas’s bail has been revoked while he awaits sentencing on March 29, 2017.


Image credits: Header photo by SWEAT.

Photographer Accused of Overcharging Sues Clients for Defamation

A wedding photographer strikes back with a lawsuit 

Last January, Neely and Andrew Moldovan, a newlywed couple from Dallas told NBC that their wedding photographer was withholding their images unless they paid an extra fee for the cover of their wedding photo album, even though they already paid for the book itself.

Before their wedding, the couple hired photographer Andrea Polito and signed a $6,000 contract with her, which included a “40 page 8.5x12 Storybook Album with up to 80 images.”

The couple claims that when they ordered the album after their wedding, Polito told them that they must pay an additional fee for a cover, and the cheapest cover was priced at $150. The couple argued that this was not stated in the contract, and should be included in the price of the book, while Polito took the opposite stance.

The story has resurfaced with Polito coming forward with her side of the story and a lawsuit to defend her business. Polito is now suing the couple, stating that they "engaged in a smear campaign taken worldwide on many websites and different forms of media," according to the petition filed in Dallas County, Texas. Polito claims that the couple misunderstood the contract they initially signed and when they contacted local media they defamed her and her business, which she says took a hit following the accusations. Polito is asking for a trial by jury and for monitary relief between $200,000 and $1,000,000.

Considering this dispute started with a $150 price tag, it's clear that this the disagreement has really escalated to new heights.

You can read the entire filing here by searching for case #DC-15-03069 in Civil District Case Information. 

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Alleged Serial Killer Stung By Courtroom Photo Critique

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It’s one thing, apparently, to be accused of multiple murders, sexual assault and breathtaking cruelty. But lousy photography skills?

That was the scene in a Northern California courtroom on Wednesday, as alleged serial killer Joseph Naso tried to establish his credentials as a photographer, a key part of his self-constructed defense as he faces four counts of murder.

Those cases, stemming from deaths dating back to 1977, had been inactive for decades, until police searched Naso’s home and found numerous photos of women in revealing poses, including shots of the murdered women.

Naso acknowledges he hired the women, all prostitutes, and had them model for him, but claims he had nothing to do with their deaths.

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Seeking to bolster the modeling defense, Naso called photographer, former-co-worker and neighbor Richard Hoyt to the stand Wednesday to review his portfolio, which includes conventional portraits along with nude shots.

While Hoyt acknowledged the diversity of portrait styles, he continued with a quality evaluation under cross examination, saying most of the images were so ineptly made that he doesn’t even consider Naso a professional photographer.

For Naso, whose attitude through the trial has ranged from contemptuous to dismissive, the remarks finally struck a nerve.

“I never heard you complain about my photography,” he retorted in court, according to the Marin Independent Journal. “My work speaks for itself. I’ve won quite a few blue-ribbon awards. I must have been doing something right.”

Naso has a few more witnesses to call, and may testify himself, before the case goes to the jury.


Image credits: Joseph Naso/KRNVB, Washoe County Sheriff