21 years of photographing

A digital photographic exhibition of Val Adamson’s work 

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DIGITAL JOMBA! 2020 honours Val Adamson by exhibiting 21 years of her photographic work taken at the JOMBA! festival’s many platforms. It is not only a moment of honouring Val’s extraordinary photographic eye, but it is also a moment of visually remembering the festival’s own 21-year history through these amazing pictures.

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Val Adamson was born in Kenya in 1963 and remained there until the age of twelve when the family moved to Scotland. After graduating in 1984 from Napier College, Edinburgh with a Higher National Diploma in Photography, Val moved to South Africa to pursue a professional career. She became the assistant photographer for the Performing Arts Council of Transvaal in 1985. After three years in this post she was approached by the Playhouse Company to set up and run their photographic department in Durban.


During the 5 years spent at the Playhouse Company she held two exhibitions. The first, Caught in the act (1988), which featured images of theatre, earned her a nomination for The Star Rising, star of the year award. In 1992 her second exhibition, sponsored by AGFA, featured portraits of top performing artists. She left the Playhouse Company in 1993 to freelance. In 2012, DanceLink recognized her photographic services to Dance with an award at the Durban Dance Awards. 


In 2013 Val created ‘Love Dance’. This exhibition of her Dance Photography was commissioned by KZN DanceLink, and supported by the eThekwini Municipality Department of Arts and Living Culture. The exhibition was part of Giyani Lusha 2013 in Durban. It then appeared at the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience 2013, The Witness Hilton Arts Festival 2013, and the National Arts Festival in 2014. In 2014 Val was named a Living Legend by the eThekwini Municipality for her work in documenting theatre. Val is still freelancing and is based in Durban.


The exhibition, when launched (in its various interactive formats) will be available for view thought-out the duration of the festival.