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Dale Yudelman’s career in photography has led him through two eras of South African history as well as across several continents. Born in Johannesburg, and inspired by creative parents, he began photographing at a young age under the tutelage of his father.

He was barely out of his teens in 1979 when he started working as a staff photographer for The Star Newspaper. In 1986 he moved to London and then Los Angeles, working freelance for various newspapers and magazines. Returning to a newly democratic South Africa in 1996, he began collaborating with artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv. Together they produced three major exhibitions and a number of commissions – their final show, ‘Livestock’ was exhibited at the 8th Havana Biennale in Cuba.

Yudelman then ventured into uncharted territory drawing on his photojournalism background and a growing interest in digital technology. The resulting series ‘Reality Bytes’ are works that reclaim and freeze the emotional content of daily experience rather than merely regurgitating actual events. A number of projects followed - including ‘ I am…’ , a portrayal of the ongoing plight of refugees in South Africa. For his series 'Life under Democracy' he won the inaugural Ernest Cole Award in 2012 - the country’s most prestigious prize for social documentary photography.

Yudelman’s work is a consequence of a studied eye, brokered over forty years of incessant image making. Enthralled with the many aspects, nuances and dimensions of reality – his images are a manifistation of how modern photography is able to escape the bounds of the ‘record’ - creating an authentic and evocative account of recent times.


Ernest Cole Award
Sony Profoto Award - Portfolio of the Year
Professional Photographers of South Africa Award
Fuji Film Professional Photographers Award
Commonwealth Photographic Award
Advertising Photographers of America Award
Photo/Design Magazine Award
Nikon International Award
Shell Press Pictures of the Year Award
World Press Award
National Schools Salon Award


Sasol, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, South African Breweries, Davis Langdon Farrow Laing,
British American Tobacco, Webber Wentzel Bowens, JP Morgan, Cadiz, Coronation, Anglo

EXHIBITIONS: Selected showings:    

I am… - KijK Galerie – Paris
Our Fathers - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Life under Democracy - Singapore International Photography Festival
Life under Democracy - Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg
Life under Democracy - KZNSA Gallery, Durban
Life under Democracy - AVA Gallery, Cape Town

Witness - Slamdance Film Festival - Park City, Utah. USA
Spier Contemporary - City Hall, Cape Town
Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 - 2010 - SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch
Own Goal - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Made In RSA  - Worldart Gallery, Cape Town
Reality Bytes - Galerie Patrice, Cape Town  
The Image says it all - Exposure Gallery, Cape Town
Dystopia -  Jan Colle Galerij, Ghent, Belgium

Angels 4 Good - Grande Provence Gallery, Western Cape
Resolution - The power of innuendo - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Merge - Frieda's Gallery, Cape Town
Dystopia - Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Ticking - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
I am… - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town
Portfolio - OMC Gallery - Huntington Beach, California
Space Fusion - Artspace - Johannesburg
I am… - Spier Contemporary - Johannesburg Art Gallery
Departure - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town 
Construct: Beyond the Documentary Photograph - UNISA Gallery, Tshwane
Reality Bytes - Gordart Gallery - Johannesburg
Process to Celebration - Afrovibes Festival - Amsterdam
Construct: Beyond the Documentary Photograph - Durban Art Gallery, KZN
Home is my Castle - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town
Ten – Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Post Mortem 2010 - Icebox 02 Film Festival - Cape Town                                                         
Livestock - SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Reality Bytes and Post Mortem 2010 - KZNSA Gallery, Durban
Reality Bytes - X-CAPE - Jo’burg Gallery, Cape Town
Uniform: South Africa’s New Clothes - Spanierman Modern, New York City
Love, Bytes & Soccer - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town
Reality Bytes - Lumo International Photography Triennial, Finland
Surface Tension - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town
Reality Bytes & Pie in the Sky - SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Post Mortem 2010 - Ball Games - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
I am… - Spier Contemporary - Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Post Mortem 2010 - Photoquai, Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Freedom is... Lomography  - Exposure Gallery, Cape Town
CT24 - Focus Gallery, Cape Town

Under the Table - Miam Miam, Cape Town.
Post Mortem 2010 - World Art Gallery, Cape Town
Precious Little Things - OMC Gallery - Huntington Beach, California

Reality Bytes - Cape Town Month of Photography - Jo’burg Gallery, Cape Town  
Art @ Work - Sanlam Auditorium, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom
Past / Present - Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, USA
South Africa Today - Cummings Art Center, Connecticut, USA
Absolut Finale - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Committee Choice - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Itch - Boekehuis, Johannesburg

Intercontinental - OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf, Germany
Postcards from Cuba - Henie Onstad Kunstsenter - Oslo, Norway
Brett Kebble Art Awards - Cape Town

Live Stock - 8th Havana Biennale - Cuba - Collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
Reality Bytes - Paris Photo, France
Braai - The Cold Room Gallery, Cape Town
Brett Kebble Art Awards - Cape Town
Reality Bytes & Suburbs in Paradise - David Krut Fine Art, Johannesburg

Positions of South African Photography Today - OMC Gallery, Düsseldorf
Where the Mountain Meets the City - 232 Long, Cape Town - Collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
Reality Bytes - Cape Town Month of Photography - Jo’burg Gallery, Cape Town  
Voices in Transit - Din of Daily Life (Animation) - Cape Town Central Station  
Members Exhibition - Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Art City - Downtown Johannesburg

New Work New York - Pepe Giallo, New York City - Collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
Heartfelt - The Foundry, Cape Town
Brain Storm - Artscape, Cape Town
One - AVA Gallery, Cape Town - Collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
South Africa - JAK Gallery, London
Absolut Color - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Collaboration - Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

Suburbs in Paradise - Jo’burg Gallery, Cape Town
Lines of Sight - South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Images, Imaging, Imagination - Scan Shop, Cape Town

Absolut Africa - Area Gallery, Cape Town

Holga - LAPA Gallery Santa Monica, California

Suburbs in Paradise - Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California
No Surrender No Retreat - Black Gallery, Los Angeles
South Africa In Black And White - Art Center College of Design, California

Suburbs in Paradise - L.A. Photoworks, Santa Monica, California

South Africa - Museum of Cultural History UCLA, Los Angeles

End Conscription Campaign - Baxter Theatre, Cape Town

Transformation - Shell Gallery, Cape Town

Transformation - Market Gallery, Johannesburg
World Press Pictures of the Year - Europe
People, Places, Memories and Faces - Pentax Gallery, Johannesburg    


Photographs and articles featured in Los Angeles Magazine, Buzz, LA Times Magazine, 
Downbeat, Itch, Westways, Fairlady Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, 
Femina Magazine, Creative Photography Magazine, Live, Arete, Newsweek, Leadership Magazine, 
Black & White Magazine, Cape Argus, Cape Times, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Die Burger, 
The Sunday Independent, Black Business Quarterly, Cape etc. Magazine, Pix Magazine, 
Vice Magazine, Apartheid: A History Grafton Books - London, Johannesburg As It Is - 
Argus Publishing.


1996 - 2002. South Africa.
Editorial, Advertising & Digital Imaging - Clients include - Hunt Lascaris - Edgars
Addison Want Stroebel Gorin - Nike, Ogilvy Mather - Old Mutual
Bosman Johnson - Southern Life - Orange Juice Design - World Wildlife Fund, I&J.

1986 - 1996. London - United States
Freelance photography for magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies 
including The Sunday Times, Los Angeles Times, Telegraph and The Guardian.

1979 - 1985. South Africa
Staff photographer - The Star newspaper. Worldwide syndication through 
Associated Press and United Press International.

1978. South Africa.
First assistant Vision Photography Studio.