About Guy Tillim

Tillim was born in Johannesburg in 1962 and lives in Cape Town. He started photographing professionally in 1986, working with the Afrapix collective until 1990. His work as a freelance photographer in South Africa for the local and foreign media included positions with Reuters between 1986 and 1988, and Agence France Presse in 1993 and 1994. Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Prix SCAM (Societe Civile des Auteurs Multimedia) Roger Pic in 2002, the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award (Japan) in 2003, the 2004 DaimlerChrysler Award for South African photography, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2005 and the first Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum at Harvard University in 2006. His series Avenue Patrice Lumumba has shown at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris; Museu Serralves in Porto; the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; FOAM_Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam; and Extracity, Antwerp, in 2009; at Kunsthalle Oldenburg, Germany, in 2010, and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 2011, among other venues. His work was included on Documenta 12 in 2007 and the São Paulo Bienal in 2006.


Libreville, Stevenson, Johannesburg
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Rubin Center, University of Texas, El Paso

Second Nature, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Second Nature, Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam
Second Nature II, Stevenson, Cape Town
Second Nature I, James Harris Gallery, Seattle

Second Nature I, Stevenson, Cape Town
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Lannan Foundation Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Kunsthalle Oldenburg, Germany
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin
Jo'burg, Centre du Patrimoine Arménien, Valence, France

Roma, città di mezzo, FotoGrafia, Rome
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Extracity, Antwerp
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, FOAM, Amsterdam
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Extraspazio, Rome
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Guy Tillim, Haunch of Venison, Zurich
Guy Tillim, Haus Für Kunst, Altdorf, Switzerland

Congo Democratic, Extraspazio, Rome
Congo Democratic, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Petros Village, Museo di Roma, Trastevere, Italy
Petros Village, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Jo'burg, Johannesburg Art Gallery (June); Durban Art Gallery
Jo'burg, Festival Artist, PhotoEspana, Madrid
Leopold and Mobutu, Photographer's Gallery, London
Jo'burg, Rencontres Photographiques de Bamako, Mali

Jo'burg, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
DaimlerChysler Award exhibition, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart; DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin
Leopold and Mobutu, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Kunhinga Portraits, Sala Uno, Rome

Kunhinga Portraits, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
Congo, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
Congo, Fotofiesta Medellin, Colombia
Departure, Higashikawa Photo Festival, Hokkaido, Japan
Departure, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
Departure, NSA Galley, Durban
Departure, PhotoZA, Johannesburg

Kuito, Angola, Societe des Auteurs Multimedia, Paris

Kuito, Angola, South African Museum, Cape Town
Kuito, Angola, Gallery Dupon, Paris

Kabul, Afghanistan, Durban Centre for Photography, Durban


Present Tense, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Haus der Kunst, Munich

The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, ICP, New York
The Great South, 1st Montevideo Biennial, Uruguay
Prix Pictet Power, Saatchi Gallery, London, and other venues
Viewpoint, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Lost Places - Orte der Photographie, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
La Triennale 2012 - Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Motherland, Roma Fotografia Festival, Italy
The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Humankind, 4th Mannheim Fotofestival, Germany
Photography: New documentary forms, Tate Modern, London
Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany
XXI: Conflicts in a New Century, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, V&A Museum, London
Possible Cities: Africa in Photography and Video, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania
Beguiling: The Self and the Subject, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
Prix Pictet Growth, Passage de Retz, Paris

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Breaking News: Contemporary Photography from the Middle East and Africa, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Provincia di Modena, Italy
Africa: Objects and Subjects, Palacio de Revillagigedo, Gijon; Canal de Isabel II, Madrid
The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to today, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Southern Germany
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Welt - Bilder 3, Helmhaus Zürich, Switzerland
Great Expectations: Contemporary photography looks at today's Bitter Years, Casino Luxembourg - Forum of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg
ImageSingulières festival, Sète, France
The Tropics: Views from the middle of the globe, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Face of Our Time, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London

Short Stories in Contemporary Photography, Museum of Design, Zurich
Peripheral Vision and Collective Body, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Home Lands - Land Marks, Haunch of Venison, London
Contemporary Photography from South Africa - Part 2, Hereford Photography Festival, UK
Cities in Crisis: Photographs of the SA Urban Landscape, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg
Biennale Cuvée, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria
Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Massachusetts

Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Children in Conflict, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
Ostropicos, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
Global Cities, Tate Modern, London
Africa Remix, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa 2007: Reality check, Museum Bochum, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and other venues in Germany
Photography, Video, Mixed Media III, DaimlerChrysler Gallery, Berlin
Non Tutte Le Strade Portano a Roma, FotoGrafia, International Festival of Rome

Photography, Video, Mixed Media III, DaimlerChrysler Gallery, Berlin
SLUM: Art and life in the here and now of the civil age, Neue Galerie, Graz
São Paulo Biennale
Thy Brother's Keeper, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photogaphy, New York

Lasting Foundations, Museum for African Art, New York
Unsettled, National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen

Africa Remix, museum kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris; and Las Palmas; Tokyo; Stockholm; Johannesburg (2004-7)
A Decade of Democracy: South African art from the permanent collection, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome

Unveiled, OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf

eyeAfrica: African Photography 1840-1998, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

Colors: Art from South Africa, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Shortlist, Prix Pictet Power (for Congo Democratic)

Shortlist, Prix Pictet Growth (for Petros Village)

Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography awarded by the Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2005 (for the Jo'burg series)

DaimlerChrysler Award for Photography, South Africa

Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award, Japan

Prix SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia) Roger Pic, France (for Kuito, Angola)

Finalist, Prix Care for Humanitarian Reportage, France

Mondi Award for photojournalism, South Africa (report on the Himba people of Northern Namibia)

Mondi Award for photojournalism, South Africa (Congo River: journey from Kisangani to Kinshasa)

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