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Tracey Derrick is a freelance photographer based in Cape Town, who focuses on social documentary. She works mainly in black and white, processing and printing her own work. She has photographed and written numerous Adult Education books as well as a book on alternative religions in South Africa for schools.
She was the first woman photographer to exhibit at the Photographers Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique, (1994). Other international exhibitions include, 'Colours' - Berlin (1996), Ifa Galerie - Stuttgart (1996), a solo of the "The Waters of Life", at the international "Mois de la Photo" Biennale in Paris. This work on African Zionist and Sangoma ceremonies has been shown in Cape Town at the Association for Visual Arts and The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 1997, then the Durban Centre for Photography in February 1998. Recently, it was shown at the Musee de la Photographie in Belgium, 1999.
"Hope from Home", was a commission from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on refugees from all over Africa living in Cape Town. This was a solo exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope (1997) and traveled to the Pretoria Art Museum 1998, and in 1999 it traveled to Parliament in Swaziland.
She was one of the nine artists who created an installation on Robben Island, called "Thirty Minutes". A multi-media installation in the visitors block, 1997.
"Basic Necessity", is a body of work about sex workers in Cape Town. It went to the Grahamstown festival in 1998 and a solo at the AVA Metropolitan Gallery 1999. It was part of the Cape Town "Month of Photography", September 1999. It travels to Mali, Bamako (2001) for the Biennale of African photography.
She was on the steering committee of the South African Centre for Photography and through this structure ran her own project teaching street photographers from the townships, funded by Kodak U.S.A. (2000).
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