Tim Hopwood

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST & SONGWRITER

ABOUT

Tim Hopwood

Photographer Tim Hopwood has, over a 25 year period, accumulated a body of largely unpublished images which form a pungent and perceptive dossier of the changing social and physical face of the city of Port Elizabeth, its inhabitants and surrounding environment. One of the crop of graduates trained at Rhodes University by the internationally recognised South African photographer, Obie Oberholzer, Hopwood is (along with Brent Meistre) the only creative non-commercial photographer of that elite group, which includes people like the late John Hodgkiss, Phillip Mostert, TJ Lemon, Alexandra Murphy and Pieter Badenhorst, who has remained in the area, working in his home city, Port Elizabeth.

 

  It is not often that one finds an artist who has remained committed to his central personal vision at the expense of more commercial ventures. Viewed on a more cosmopolitan stage, Hopwood’s work can hold its own along with the best international photography shown anywhere else in the world. Versatile and technically sophisticated, the imagery covers a variety of topics which include portraiture, social documentary projects which are specific to the region and which cover not only urban change but also the lives of its citizens, landscapes from the hinterland around PE and some intensely autobiographical material from his life as a musician and songwriter which have not been seen before.

 

  A definitive body of his work was recently acquired by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum in Port Elizabeth, largely because his take on the inner city urban decay in PE somehow reflects the wider malaise which is endemic in many South African cities.

 

  Hopwood is one of a few chroniclers of change as it is happening in this region. Sensitive to nuance and also, albeit, a cynical child of his time, his work carries a psychic weight which deserves to be seen by all sentient South Africans. The images are a record of the place where fragments of history and memory and the timelessness of the surrounding landscape intersect with the industrial incursion of both human and environmental agents. He records a very particular place where people like us live.

 

Jeanne Wright

 

WORK

By Tim Hopwood

Tim Hopwood is represented by the PH Centre, Cape Town.

To order prints, contact Simone Tredoux: 021 461 3904, simone@phcentre.co.za, www.phcentre.co.za

 

REVIEWS

By Jeanne Wright

MUSIC

By Tim Hopwood

“Tim Hopwood’s songs stink of veld and kak and jol and swak behaviour leading to babelaas. He is the only English ou who sounds truly indigenous. Most okes sound derivative and ‘international’ as soon as they start singing in English. Hopwood escapes this death trap with songs as uncouth and pungent as khakibos.” Rian Malan Hoppy Hopwood and the Rolling Souties - Live at the Cash Store, August 2013
Sometimes you get a glimpse of a rough stone that you just know: when it’s polished up, it’s going to be a real gem. That’s the case, I think, with Tim Hopwood’s show. Some call him the Leonard Cohen of the Karoo (in fact he has a Cohen picture on stage), but that would do him a bit of an injustice. Tim is writing lyrics that come from the heart of a South African. His songs evoke a picture of life, love and longing, South African style. His gritty voice is perfect for the ballads he pens. His backing musicians are all excellent. Delivery is a bit haphazard at times,  and I expect this will be straightened out as the band continue to perform together. It all works very well, though, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Tim’s work is unique, and important. It’s really worthwhile… a gem in the making. Do take a listen. Kevin Abraham, musician/songwriter
Take a listen to the album Songs of Love and Death

CONTACT

Tim Hopwood

tim@timhopwood.net

 

Tim Hopwood is represented by the PH Centre, Cape Town.

To order prints, contact Simone Tredoux: 021 461 3904, simone@phcentre.co.za, www.phcentre.co.za

 

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