Justin Keene is a documentary photographer based between London and South Africa. He has a Philosophy MA from The University of Edinburgh and is currently on a part-time Documentary Photography Masters at the University of South Wales. Keene’s personal work explores concepts of identity and representation in South Africa, reviewing the ethics of photographic practice and its impact on contemporary art. His previous projects, Being for the Other and It Must Be Built From Ashes construct narratives that reflect on South Africa as a post colony— exploring past and present effects on social and physical landscapes. His current body of work, Walls in the Riverbed, examines colonial archives depicting South Africa’s early diamond mining industry — using his personal connection with the topic to interpret representation of imperial legacies.
His personal work has been featured online with Paper Journal, Nataal, It’s Nice That, Life Framer and Der Greif, and in selected exhibitions and publications: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery in London; Photo London Digital with Galerie Number 8; LensCulture Exposure Awards; Sony World Photo at Somerset House and The Photo Vogue Festival in Milan.
Clients include: Christian Dior, Malone Souliers, Nataal, Public Ambition and AWAY Travel.