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01.09.2009

 

Photographers Gallery Za : Melanie Cleary and The Hero Within - steel bodies at South Africa's Cape

Melanie Cleary is a self taught photographer. She has been working behind the lens for eight years, three of which she has dedicated to the ‘The Hero Within’ series which is currently on display at the PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY ZA in Cape Town.

For her first solo exhibition she photographed body building contests in and around the Cape Peninsula. Her motifs provide a very plastic insight of the world of an enormously popular and fascinating sports discipline.

The shots were realised between summer 2006 and autumn 2008, without any planned intentions. However, she quickly realised that she could give the protagonists an opportunity to show their bodies in a different light and in a new context. She captured the motions, self confidence and pride oozed by the contest’s participants.

The exhibition is made up of 20 colour photographs in different sizes from various contests. The images present the young and the old, male and female, amateurs and pros, people from an array of backgrounds. Marie Claire editor Kate Wilson will be holding an opening speech on the ‘strong’ exhibition. Visitors can meet the photographer in person on 10 September at 11pm.

Melanie Cleary is hoping to add shots from the upcoming 2010 football world cup to her burgeoning project.


The Hero Within - Melanie Cleary

Photographers Gallery Za
5 – 26 September 2009
Opening on 9 September at 6pm


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MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within

MELANIE CLEARY : The Hero Within