Bensusan Museum of Photography

This collector's gallery is a one of a kind in South Africa and shows how seemingly impossible obstacles to photography’s evolution were solved by ingenious engineering solutions. Presently the content is housed at Museum Africa in Newtown, and receives both local and international visitors and researchers.

In its holdings are a very early photograph made by WH Fox Talbot; a signed portrait of Sir John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron; a very early wet plate ‘camera de poche’; and on permanent loan, a gold snakeskin covered rectaflex made to commemorate the invention of the single lens reflex camera.

Archival holdings include cabinet and stereo cards made by South African professional photographers, and important collections of prints by celebrated photographers such as Leon Levson, Eli Weinberg, Will Till, Struan Robertson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Constance Stuart-Larrabee, and Jane Plotz.

Date: Booking required

Time: Booking required

Venue address: 121 Bree St, Newtown, Johannesburg

View map

Wheelchair accessibility: Unknown

Tel: 011 833 5624