Featured Artist | Justin Dingwall
To me, diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful.
Justin Dingwall is an acclaimed South African Photographer whose emotional portraits explore the boundless spectrum of human beauty. His images are a celebration of diversity and an invitation to rethink conventional beauty standards.
His “Albus” series reflects on the often-taboo subject of albinism, as albinos are frequently discriminated and subject to superstition and violence throughout Africa. The series includes portraits of model Sanele Junior Xaba and model, lawyer and activist Thando Hopa, the first woman with albinism to appear in the cover of Vogue. Dingwall’s touching portraits not only capture the beauty of his models but also reflect their inner strength. His photographs include snakes, butterflies, and water to symbolize rebirth, metamorphosis, and fluidity.
The series “A seat at the table” is a celebration of beauty in difference. Dingwall explores the aesthetics of vitiligo through soulful portraits of model Moostapha Saidi. Regarding these works, he says: “They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful”.
In “Fly by night”, Dingwall wants the viewers to consider social issues like xenophobia, diaspora, and migration, in an effort to increase our awareness and change our perceptions. He beautifully uses the “black swan” metaphor, which symbolizes that knowledge comes with hindsight. It is based on an ancient that said that presumed black swans did not exist, but had to be rewritten after black swans were discovered in the wild.
Dingwall’s extraordinary work has been recognized with multiple awards and exhibitions around the world.