I had the pleasure of sharing a drink with a very talented Alon Skuy last night, in Jo’burgs Melrose Arch hotel.
I was introduced to Alon’s work by a friend and was immediately struck at how he stood out from the usual press photographer mold in the way he interacted with the people he was taking pictures of.
His multimedia project, Living inside a bridge, tells the story of a group of Jo’burg inhabitants who call the inside of a large bridge home. Not only did he really portray their daily existence, but he also spent a night with them and slept in the same bridge. Most photographers would usually spend the day with their subjects, but leave to go home at the end of the day, staying the night and escaping from your comfort zone is a rare tactic.
This approach to reportage photography really shows in the images, they pull the viewer in and make them really get a feel for what life is like.
It’s one style of photography I try and perform myself, after spending a day with the amazingly talented James Nachtwey and him explaining to me how he usually approaches a story.
Alon currently works for the The Times in Johannesburg.