Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ghost Diamond - London Poster

It's been two years since the inception of my collaborative film / music project with OKZHARP (UK). Finally we will be having the first preview of the 6 part video and a special preview of the new Hyperdub released single 'Dear Ribane.'

The project has taken us from the original filming process in Johannesburg, to editing remotely from Cape Town and Detroit, to Sound Production and final design in London. A two year passion project finally coming to fruition!

The first viewing of the video will be at the Deptford Cinema in London at a invite only event. The project will then be heading to Johannesburg next for a viewing on 19th of September at Bioscope in the Maboneng Prencinct. 

The film was made over the last 2 years and supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the SA Department of Arts and Culture and the British Council.

Credits for the video:

CHRIS SAUNDERS - Director/Producer -
DEON VAN ZYL - Director of Photography and Editor -
OPTIGRAM - Graphics and Animation -
MANTHE RIBANE - Choreography -
ZAKI IBRAHIM - Hair, Makeup, Production Design -
JAMAL NXEDLANA - Styling and Wardrobe -

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NOT / Dear Ribane / JHB

While in Johannesburg for our NOT X CS exhibition at the MOAD. We took one Jenny's new custom made performance outfits and decided to photograph it on Manthe Ribane and her clan of siblings. We shot the images at place close to Manthe's hear called the Sparrow Village Orphanage in Roodepoort just outside the city. Manthe has been working to create awareness for this incredible NGO known for its dome shaped structures. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Huck Magazine - Smarteez

Huck Magazine asked me to submit a pick of the Smarteez for their 50th issue. Floyd Manotauna is part of the iconic Soweto based collective. I had a fresh shot for the story too, Floyd was one of the featured collaborators in the NOT X CS exhibition which recently showed at Wallplay New York and The MOAD in Johannesburg. 

Check out the article above. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Med-Lemon TVC

Finally another TVC to add to the collection. What an experience it was making this one. Compositing, shooting in layers and comedy! It was a great experience and again thank you Ola Films for producing this little gem. 

Directed by. Chris Saunders
Produced by. Ola Films 
Agency. 140BBDO 
Agency Creative Director. Johan Schwella 
Art Director. Derek Poole

Producer. Olivia Leitch 
1st AD. Steph Switala 
Director Of Photography. Willie Nel 
Art Director. Kezia Eales 
Wrdrobe Stylist. Rozanne Whyte 
Make-Up & Hair. Queen Motlatle 
Airbrush Body Painter. Charl Bubb 
Offline Editor. Kayleigh Kinnear (OBPP)

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Loyiso Gola

I Received a call from the very busy and extremely successful comedian Loyiso Gola not so long ago and a few days later we where in the studio to shoot his new PR. It was a great shoot and with the help of a couple of props, some custom made suits and one of South Africa's most expressive faces we produced some great shots.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Interview with me on CCTV

The NOT X Chris Saunders exhibition has been featured on CCTV during a bigger news piece on the Museum Of African Design which hosted the show.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yahoo Style / SAFW 2015

Tasked by US based Yahoo style, I hit the streets during SA Fashion Week looking for people with unique stories and amazing looks. Johannesburg is always a challenge and I ended up grabbing people after the shows and arranging with them on the following days to shoot them with better light and more unique settings (SAFW is held in a hotel which can a little monotonous). I also wanted to include some of JHB's style legends that I hadn't shot before. 

Image above: 
Khaya Sithole 
A young fashion designer and blogger specialising in bespoke formal wear. (

Albert & Dean from Simon & Mary Hats 
Dean owns Johannesburg oldest hat manufacture. his family has been in the business for four generations and he has recently launched Simon & Mary hats. The hats are hand made with impeccable quality. Albert is their oldest worker and is always dressed impeccably. I shot a quick snap at their factory. (
The Artlifers Crew 
A young like minded crew of indivduals giving each other a leg up in the creative industry. They met at university and now stick together, keeping their creative ambitions and those of other young people that approach them alive. (

Sifiso Deepancestral Gcabashe 
One of the members of the Artlifers crew shot in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. 
The You in Me Collective 
Pretoria Based Vintage clothing collective, You In Me. (Also brother and sister) (
Jamal Nxdlana & Yasmin Furmie 
Fashion Design for Missshape and muse, Yasmin. (
Timeless Collective 
A vintage clothing collective based in Johannesburg 
One of the two members of the timeless Vintage Clothing Collective collective (

Mapusha Moss 
Part of the vintage fashion collective, Timeless (
Ben Richard & Nikki Zakkas
Shot on the streets of Braamfontein, Johannesburg 
A Model Backstage at the Black Coffee Fashion Show
Tumi & Itumaleng Nko 
Twin Sisters shot in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. (

Nicky Madie
Young fashion designer from a small town outside of Johannesburg called Clerksdorp, currently interning for well known South African fashion designer Tula Sindi. (

Nicky Madie
Young fashion designer from a small town outside of Johannesburg called Clerksdorp, currently interning for well known South African fashion designer Tula Sindi. (

Nicky Madie
Young fashion designer from a small town outside of Johannesburg called Clerksdorp, currently interning for well known South African fashion designer Tula Sindi. Holding a packet that says Meat & Chicken, Jesus Loves you and wearing a classic Chinese hat his signature. (

Mpura Stuurman 
Blogger and vintage fashion specialist (

Jordan Major
Blogger and student Jordan Major shot in Rosebank, Johannesburg during SA Fashion Week. 

Khaya Nsibande
A young stylish guy spotted on the streets of Braamfontein, he is wearing a classic Safari hat, which is synonymous with colonialism. 
Mahlatse James 
Siya Fonds 
Johannesburg based Stylist. (

Spleef Mczaul 
Musician and fashion designer. 
Trevor Stuurman
Well known personality, photographer and blogger Trevor Stuurman. 

Mpumelelo Frypan Mfula 
One of the members of the Artlifers crew (

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Soweto Home

Busy Recce'ing for a TV shoot coming up and came across this very colourful Soweto home. I think its a portrait of a colourful cliche. 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ballantines Angola TVC

Last year I was commissioned by M&C Saatchi London to direct a TV commercial for Ballantines whisky in Angola. We ended up with a piece shot in downtown Johannesburg, re-creating what I thought was a mad party on the streets on Luanda. It was windy and cold, but pulled of a sweaty, smoky and vibey 30 / 60 / 90 second TVC. 

Here is the 30 Second version, I think its the most to the point out of all three. 


Director. Chris Saunders
Executive Producer. Olivia Leitch
Producer. Caroline Crowther
Assistant Director. Lali Avis
Art Director. Lisa Perry
Wardrobe. Francois Ferreira
Cinematographer. Michael Swan
Produced by Ola Films 2015.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Whippet x Thesis - Commuter Range

Maboneng based bike shop Whippet Cycles and well known Soweto based street wear label Thesis have teamed up to create their own new range of clothes for the Johannesburg commuter. They hired me to shoot a series on the new wears around the city with some of there friends on bikes. We rode the circumference of the city, hitting the gaping hole where the iconic Top Star drive-in used to be as well as the Faraday Taxi Rank and 1 Fox, then we headed back to the Maboneng precinct to the Whippet store where everyone knocked a few back.

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