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Friday, December 19, 2014


(A work by Klaus Tiedge)

Running at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito is an exhibition of wildlife photography by Klaus Tiedge titled Pride of Africa.

German-born Klaus Tiedge has been a prominent figure in the field of commercial photography for more than 20 years, having worked in numerous countries including India, Japan, Brazil and the USA.

In 2001 he moved to South Africa and settled down in Cape Town taking full advantage of the thriving fashion industry and optimal conditions for which the region is renowned. In 2008, he decided to shelve his commercial endeavours and pursue his passion for fine art photography as he turned his attention to the beauty and diversity of the African continent.

Embracing the “modern digital darkroom”, Tiedge has successfully traversed the boundaries between painting and photography. His editioned wildlife photographs have a unique stylized quality to them. Tiedge displays the distinct ability to give equal attention to the animals and the environment in which they are captured in. His impressions portray the animal as if it is being photographed for the front cover of a glossy magazine. Qualities of master lighting, brilliant composition and technical perfection are emblematic of an artist who has obviously done his time in the commercial arena.

The exhibition runs until January 10, 2015. The Imbizo Art Gallery is situated at Shop 7a at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, next to Beira Alta. More information on 032 946 1937 or visit