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Introducing the final four #LampostLuminaries

Meet our four fellowship womxn chosen to join our first ever #LampostLuminaries for the year of 2020 In November 2019 Lampost launched Lampost Luminaries, a 10-month fellowship programme starting in 2020 for 4 womxn photographers/videographers via social media. The campaign was a proclamation to all emerging female creatives on the cusp of greatness to take a journey with us. The response was incredible, ranging from self-taught applicants to graduates entrusting us with their profound stories and curated portfolios. Our panel carefully and rigorously went through each submission first independently, then as a group. After much discussion and debate we were left with 12 finalists. The second phase was a face-to-face with each shortlisted candidate…which didn’t make our jobs any easier. We encountered so many talented, inspiring hopefuls but thankfully after final deliberation the panel came to a unanimous decision and on 20 December 2019 we had our four inaugural recipients! So here they are, our four #LampostLuminaries for 2020! Starting in February, Thalente Khomo, Lili Ming, Basetsana Maluleka and Lebogang Tlhako will embark on an intensive 10-month upskill programme that will equip them with tools to jump-start their professional careers as photographers and videographers.

Thalente Mitchell Khomo

Passionate about stories centered on the female experience and exhibiting a keen desire to collaborate with other inspiring womxn. Thalente’s photography takes lead from her upbringing in rural KwaZulu-Natal where she first fell in love with expressionism. Her work unflinchingly explores the objectification and exploitation of womxns’ and girls’ bodies in our society, and consequently the lasting effects of this on one’s psyche.

Lili Ming

As a photographer, cinematographer and graphic designer Lili relishes any opportunity to express herself. Working in unwelcoming male-dominated professional spaces has further emboldened her fortitude and resolve. Lili’s desire to deeply connect with her subjects, in conjunction with the exploration and celebration of her feminine gaze, results in striking and relevant imagery.

Basetsana Maluleka

With the objective to create a body of work that provokes reaction whilst providing a voice for the marginalised. Pretoria-born and raised Basetsana is moved to action by the lack of representation for young girls and is committed to forging a bright, new path. Her photographic eye is not confined to any one area of focus however her exuberance and passion is a through-line in all of her images.

Lebogang Tlako

Honing her skills as multidisciplinary entrepreneur and photographer in Katlehong. Lebogang’s photography demonstrates a deft hand representing the township’s heritage in tandem within her contemporary concepts. Her work explores the affirmations of a generation coming to grips with “adulting”, whilst creating compelling images that draw the viewer into every considered, stylised image.

We are extremely excited to start our programme in February, but we cannot do this alone. We strongly believe in collaboration, partnership and sponsorship to make Lampost Luminaries a success for each of these amazing womxn. We would love to meet with you to discuss how we can join forces on this meaningful initiative together. Email us at

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