Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Since Obama came to town

The blog has been extremely quiet, for two reasons. One, I have been working my ass off this year and it seems the older I get the more I take on and the less time I have to post work up. But alas, with the down time over Christmas the plan is to post a ton of work that I have collected over the year. The second reason is I have been working on some new personal projects. You will hear a lot more about next year.

In this post is an image I shot recently while working on my book on Pantsula, the dance culture from South Africa. While this image has nothing to do with the subjects in the book it was a guy that I met at a tavern in Moklakeng township on Johannesburg's West Rand. 

He was obsessed with the American flag and dressed head to toe. I asked him why and his answer was, 'Since Obama came to town I am obsessed with him.'

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Mac Gale

Mac Gale is a pair of designers from Johannesburg. They are trying to integrate African patterns and formal mens fashion into their brand. 

Mac Gale is made up of Skhumbuzo Mfene and Lebogang Makgale. 

You can contact them on Skhumbuzo (0843899503) or Lebogang (0837389947)
You can also see their work on their tumblr at www.macgaledesigns.tumblr.com  

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Business Class Sports

Styled by Melissa Henderson
Photographic Assistant Jacques de Jager
Retouched by Jacques de Jager

Shot at Studio Studio. 308 Fox Street JeppesTown. 011 614 6117.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Adidas 'Run Thru Time' Images

During the directing of the new Adidas 'Run Thru Time' videos I shot a bunch of stills. I didn't want them to die away on a hard drive somewhere so I decided to post them quickly. It was a pleasure to work with Daneel Malgas our protagonist. Most of these shots are of him and few of the behind the scenes and extra's. 

Cape Town '80'

Johannesburg '90'

Durban '00'

Monday, 21 October 2013

Adidas 'Run Thru Time' Part 3 00's Durban

Here is the 3rd and final instalment of my Adidas 'Run Thru Time' series. This one is based in Durban and inspired by the 00's as are the sneakers.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Director - Chris Saunders
DOP - Adriaan Louw (we-are-awesome film)
Stylist - JR Onyangunga
DIT / Editor - Deon van Zyl (we-are-awesome film)
Executive Producer - Olivia Leitch
Producer - Caron Grant 
On-camera artist - Daneel Malgas
Production Company: Ola! Films 
Agency: OgilvyAction/Geometry Global

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

V.I.N.T.A.G.E Dance Crew

V.I.N.T.A.G.E are one of the most popular dance crews in South Africa right now, they have been featured in everything from Coca-Cola to Die Antwoord. I had the chance to shoot them at Studio Studio last week. 
Here are the founding members, Lebohang Otukile, Lee-che Janecke and Ashwin Bosman. All the members come from different disciplines but V.I.N.T.A.G.E is a hybrid.  

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Adidas 'Run Thru Time' 90's Part 2 of 3

Director - Chris Saunders
DOP - Adriaan Louw (we-are-awesome film)

Stylist - JR Onyangunga
DIT / Editor - Deon van Zyl (we-are-awesome film)
Executive Producer Olivia Leitch
Assistant Director - Diani Gernadt
Producer - Brenda Wilson
On-camera artist - Daneel Malgas
Music - The Frown

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Troublesome Kids - PTA


The Troublesome Kids are a group of boys who come from, as they refer to it, the ‘hood’ in Pretoria, they joined forces in 2011 to inspire people to get themselves out of the financial position they were in, through creative means. Their main focus is fashion, they believe success is often driven by dressing well, ‘you do good, when you are dressed good.’

Chris Saunders, who is known for his ability to represent a lifestyle within Jo’burg culture through his photography, has done it again with these super interesting kids from Pretoria. Taking a great initiative and giving it the exposure it needs in such an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Text taken from We-Are-Awesome who originally posted the images on their blog. 

Here is the original audio interview from the shoot day. 

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Adidas 'Run Thru Time' 80's video

Ogilvy Cape Town recently commissioned me to Direct a video to launch their new range 'Run Thru Time'. The video was produced amazingly by Ola Films and would never have been reality withour their help. I also finally got to work with Adriaan Louw (DOP) and Deon van Zyl from We Are Awesome Film.

There are still 2 videos to come for the 80's and 90's. Check em out in the weeks to follow.

Director - Chris Saunders
DOP - Adriaan Louw
Stylist - JR Onyangunga
DIT / Editor - Deon van Zyl
Executive - Producer Olivia Leitch
Locations / Unit - Schalk Bloem
Assistant Director / Production - Imran Hamdulay
PA - Jonathan Kyriakou
On-camera artist - Daneel Malgas
Agency: OgilvyAction/Geometry Global

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Little Dragon - Wax Poetics (NYC)

Over the last year after Little Dragon toured South Africa, I have had the opportunity to work closer with the band. This June I travelled to Sweden to shoot part of a documentary directed by Swedish director Pether Lindgren. While on the trip the band received a call from Wax Poetics magazine based out of Brooklyn and I was asked to do a cover shoot for the magazine. Here are the shots that where produced and the image which made the cover. 

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