Jono Wood: Documentary Photographer


We sat down with Hillbrow local; documentary photographer Jono Wood for a chat about his duty as a window into the underbelly of the city. 

Jono Wood

From spending New Years Eve with a Hillbrow police squad to riding a horse 300 kilometres through Ethiopia, Jono Wood has always lunged head-first into territories most people would fear to tread. As a photographer Jono sees his photographs as a window into a life most of us do not know or do not want to know.

Jono’s journey started when his mother gave him one of her old cameras to take along on a rafting trip down the Orange River. He paddled down the edge of Africa, took photos of whatever there was to take photos of and slowly but surely developed a hobby which would later become his day job. From the Mail & Guardian to Al Jazeera, Jono’s work has been published the world over.

For the past two years Jono has been working on a project about dark buildings. These buildings have been left derelict and vacant and has become home to many of the city’s illegal immigrants. Listen to our 30 odd minute interview, in between cuss words and coffee, with Jono Wood.

Words and photos by Shawn Greyling

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