Jodi Bieber, Tshepiso, 2014, Digital print in pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 84 x 112cm / 33 x 44 in, Edition of 8, Courtesy AFRONOVA GALLERY
Jodi Bieber, Tshepiso, 2014, Digital print in pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 84 x 112cm / 33 x 44 in, Edition of 8, Courtesy AFRONOVA GALLERY 

Jodi Bieber’s career began covering the 1994 Democratic Elections in South Africa for The Star newspaper as a trainee documentarian, after attending three short courses at The Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1996 she was selected for the World Press Masterclass in Holland, and has since travelled extensively on assignments for international magazines and NGOs. During this time, she also pursued her own projects, and continues to produce most of her works in this manner. Over a ten-year period (1994–2004), Bieber photographed a generation of young people living on the fringes of South African society, which culminated in the book, Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa (2006). This and subsequent bodies of work, Soweto (2010) and Real Beauty (2014) have been presented in several solo and group exhibitions. Bieber has won several accolades including the Premier Award at World Press Photo (2010). Her practice feeds back into education through student mentorship, guest lectures, and workshops.