CV Justin Dingwall

An eye for the unusual, a passion to explore avenues less travelled, and the desire to create images that resonate with emotion, are what drives this Johannesburg photographer.

Justin Dingwall is a successful commercial photographer, as well as a contemporary artist. Having exhibited both locally and internationally and recently making the top 10 in one of Africa’s most prestigious art completions the 2014 Absa L’atelier.

His most recent project, a series of beautiful composed portraits of Thando Hopa (a young lawyer-turned-model who has albinism) has attracted attention internationally. February 2014 saw these portraits on exhibition at the London 14 Art Fair, as well as in a Solo Exhibition at the MIA Gallery in Seattle. In October 2013 the portraits were on exhibition at the 1:54 African Art Fair in London, after making their debut at the prestigious FNB Johannesburg Art Fair. “Exploring the ambiguities of classical beauty” is what is at the heart of an ongoing collaboration between Dingwall and Hopa.

Dingwall started his career in commercial photography after graduating with a BTech Cum Laude in Photography from the Tswane University of Technology in 2004. During the next few years he won numerous awards, including gold in the Fuji Film Awards for portraiture. His exhibitions include a solo show of gritty portraits called “Portraying Life” in 2005, and a group exhibition called Positive, where he featured alongside established artists such as designer Carrol Boyes, sculptor Guy du Toit and ceramicist Barbara Jackson in a global Aids initiative. His work has been published both locally and internationally.

He continues his journey of self-discovery through his lens…

“I do what I do for the love of new experiences. My imagery is not bound by language or culture. I want my work to speak for itself and for people to interpret it in their own way. I want people to be affected by my images… As long as someone is feeling something, I am achieving my goals.”



2004    BTech Photography Cum Laude from Tswane University of Technology



2014 Albus, Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 Albus, M.I.A Gallery, Seattle, America

2012  Incurious,  Sibisi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005  Portraying Life, Image Hub, Pretoria, South Africa



2015 TWENTY: Art in time of Democracy, curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg

2015 “Representations of Otherness and Resistance” in collaboration with the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) from the 20th of May to 19th of June 2015. Presented by The Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery co-curated by Annali Dempsey and Angela De Jesus

2015 TWENTY: Art in time of Democracy, curated by Gordon Froud at the Pretoria Art Museum on behalf of the University of Johannesburg

2015 “Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design”, Guggenheim Bilbao

2015 “Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design”, Virta Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

2015 Can’t fool me now, Curated by­_ Collective, Berlin (Snake)

2014 Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award 2014,  Top 5, South Africa

2014 Sasol New Signatures Top 100, Pretoria Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2014 Absa L’atelier Top 100, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa,

2014 TAF, Turbine Arts Fair, Art Source, Johannesburg, South Africa (ALBUS, 3 Marys)

2014 Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic Launch, Lincon Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, USA (48 artists selected from around the world)

2014 Twenty, Contemporary Art From South Africa, Turchin Center for the Visual                                             Arts, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA, Curated by Gordon Froud and Professor Karen Von Veh  (ALBUS: 2 Vulnerables and Black Veil)

2014 Art 14 London, Rooke & van Wyk Gallery, Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

2013 1:54 Contemporary African, MIA Gallery, Art Fair, London, United                       Kingdom

2013 FNB Johannesburg Arts Fair, Rooke & van Wyk Gallery, South Africa

2006  Positive, Sun City, North West Province, South Africa

2004 Graduate Show, Pretoria Technikon,  Pretoria,  South Africa



2015   S.A.F.F.C.A. collection “Albus”

2014    Oliewenhuis Art Museum, South Africa “Albus”

2013    The Spier Art Collection, South Africa, “Albus”

2013    Museum of Modern Art, Equatorial Guinea, “Albus”



2015    SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, Top 30, Lizamore and Associates

2014    Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award 2014,  Top 5, Multi & New Media Merit Award

2014    Sasol New Signitures Top 100

2014    Absa L’atelier, Top 10 Finalist

2013    IPA – int’l photography awards (Fine Art Portrait Pro – Justin Dingwall – “Albus” 8-64177-13) Honorable Mention

2013    One Eyeland Photography Awards (Silver – Fine Art – Portrait) ALBUS

2004    Fuji Film Awards – Portraiture (Gold)



2013 Art South Africa, Cover, Volume 12, Issue 02, December 2013 (Albus)




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Imperial Car





Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection