PHOTOGRAPHER TOKA HLONGWANE’S IMAGES AND MUSINGS ON ‘AFRIKAN MASCULINITY’

Not Your Regular Man – courtesy of Toka Hlongwane

At the end of last year, Cape Town-based street photographer Toka Hlongwane took part in a group exhibition focusing on gender and space. A Gender took place at the city’s Slave Church Museum and featured a selection of images documenting his personal experiences of manhood. His self-styled photographs carry titles including Departed Innocence, Harden Up, Not Your Regular Man and also Right of Passage and The Offering – both of which were shot inside a Thokoza poultry factory in Guateng.

Part of an ongoing series, these photographs continue to spark fragmented memories and musings on his and others’ demonstrations of masculinity – local, global as well as in pop culture…

This conversation was first published in partnership with Let’s Be Brief in February 2019.