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The Lonely Road Exhibition


“every Project has a story to it and this one begins at the World Cup 2010, in a Chinese restaurant in downtown Johannesburg. I was staying with a friend Thabang Skwambane, when at a lunch in Chinatown, he suggested that I bring my two sons growing up in a world of privelage back in the UK, out to South Africa to experience the other side of lige. A light went on in my head and I offered to produce a book on the subject. I still can’t believe that we made it happen…”
– John Ross

The Lonely Road Book is the result of collaboration between the Lonely Road Foundation, John Ross and Browns Editions; the book was conceived as a tool to raise awareness and funds to empower rural and underprivileged communities in South Africa to support their own orphaned and vulnerable children.

The Lonely Road Photo Exhibition provides a snapshot of the images in The Lonely Road book, leaving the audience with impressions of a community’s struggles and hopes. The photos on exhibit display the many faces, spaces and places of orphaned and vulnerable children living in the Ga-Digkale community as they cope, care for and sustain each other.

Gallery Hours :

November 28 – December 5

Sunday, December 1 : Walkabout with photographer John Ross & Thabang Skwambane

Monday – Friday

The Photographer


Born in Malta, in 1958. His family moved back to England where he was educated. After gaining a BA Hon in photography at Manchester Polytechnic in 1982, Ross moved to London to assist the car photographer Chris Bailey and still life photographers, Mike Galletly & John Knill before setting up his own studio on Fulham Rd, Chelsea in 1986.

In 1995, after nearly 10 years in Chelsea, he moved to Clink Street in London Bridge on the South Bank of the River Thames. There he set up, wife his wife Yumi Matote, a new studio & home in a then derelict warehouse, where he continued to successfully establish his career as a highly regarded commercial photographer.

Ross currently works from his new purpose-built Webber Street Studio in London Bridge, which he also runs as a multi complex commercial studio space. He has received many photography awards including D&AD, AOP and Creative Review Awards, in commercial work as well as personal project categories. His work continues to feature in numerous magazines and publications across the world.

For more information visit www.johnross.co.uk

The Lonely Road Book
The Lonely Road Foundation

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Copies of the book for sale at the gallery or through the Foundation
R 300.00

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