Antonia Steyn

Photographer

Antonia Steyn's nickname is "photographer of the stars� � a label that's often associated with her idol, the legendary Annie Liebovitz. The 33-year-old portrait's of Pieter-Dirk Uys shows what makes her work so special. It's Uys as you've never seen him before � in a suit, and gold high heels. The portrait won her Media 24's Photographer of the Year award in 2007. The following year she netted an Absa L'Atelier Merit award, for a very different subject: AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche. "I was in fear of him my whole childhood,� Steyn recalls. "Getting to a place where I trusted him, and he trusted me, was challenging.� Steyn will hold her first solo exhibition later this year. She hopes it will reflect the diverse faces of South Africa. Her recipe for capturing a great image? Stay humble. "Put yourself on the back burner, to allow people to reveal themselves to you,�. � Ayanda Sitole

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