Dale Yudelman's career in photography has led him through two eras of South African history as well as across several continents. Born in Johannesburg, he began photographing at a young age under the tutelage of his father and was barely out of his teens in 1979 when he landed a job as staff photographer at South Africa's largest daily newspaper The Star. This was a time of intense social and political turmoil and Yudelman worked simultaneously on press photography for The Star and his own personal body of work "Suburbs in Paradise," Taken in and around the suburbs of Johannesburg between 1979 and 1985, this series communicates the reality of life in South Africa under Apartheid with a poetic, metaphorical vision quite distinct from reportage.
Yudelman's compassionate and imaginative honesty speaks truths about South African culture that is still relevant to an understanding of the culture today. In 1986 Yudelman left South Africa, working as a freelance photographer first in London and later in Los Angeles. He returned to the newly democratic South Africa in 1996 and currently lives in Cape Town. For the past five years he has been working collaboratively with painter Arlene Amaler-Raviv, creating multi-media images addressing a wide range of social issues - their most recent work 'Live Stock' was exhibited at the 8th Havana Biennale, Cuba and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway. Yudelman's photographs from his ongoing series 'Reality Bytes' have been featured in numerous shows in South Africa, Europe and the USA.
1996 - 2002. South Africa.
Editorial, Advertising & Digital Imaging - Clients include - Hunt Lascaris - Edgars /
Addison Want Stroebel Gorin - Nike, Ogilvy Mather - Old Mutual / Bosman Johnson -
Southern Life. Orange Juice Design - World Wildlife Fund, I&J.
1986 - 1996. London - United States
Freelance photography for magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies
including The Sunday Times, Los Angeles Times, Telegraph and The Guardian.
1979 - 1985. South Africa
Staff photographer 'The Star' newspaper. Worldwide syndication through
Associated Press and United Press International.
1978. South Africa.
First assistant Vision Photography Studio.
'Post Mortem 2010' - Icebox 02 Film Festival - Cape Town
'Livestock' - SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
'Reality Bytes' and 'Post Mortem 2010' - KZNSA Gallery, Durban
'Reality Bytes' - X-CAPE - Jo'burg Gallery, Cape Town
'Uniform': South Africa's New Clothes - Spanierman Modern, New York City
'Love, Bytes & Soccer' - The Photographers Gallery, Cape Town
'Reality Bytes' - Lumo International Photography Triennial, Finland
'Under the Table' - Miam Miam, Cape Town.
'Post Mortem 2010' - World Art Gallery, Cape Town
'Precious Little Things' - OMC Gallery - Huntington Beach, California
'Reality Bytes' - Cape Town Month of Photography - Jo'burg Gallery, Cape Town
"Art @ Work - Sanlam Auditorium, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom
'Past / Present' - Toomey-Tourell Gallery - San Francisco - USA
'South Africa Today' - Cummings Art Center - Connecticut - USA
'Absolut Finale' - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
'Committee Choice' - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
'Itch' - Boekehuis, Johannesburg
'Intercontinental' - OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf, Germany
'Postcards from Cuba' - Henie Onstad Kunstsenter - Oslo, Norway
'Brett Kebble Art Awards' - Cape Town
'Live Stock' - 8th Havana Biennale - Cuba - collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
'Reality Bytes' - Paris Photo, France
'Braai' - The Cold Room Gallery, Cape Town
'Brett Kebble Art Awards' - Cape Town
'Reality Bytes' & 'Suburbs in Paradise' - David Krut Fine Art, Johannesburg
'Positions of South African Photography Today' - OMC Gallery, Düsseldorf
'Where the Mountain Meets the City' - 232 Long, Cape Town - collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
'Reality Bytes' - Cape Town Month of Photography. - Jo'burg Gallery, Cape Town
'Voices in Transit' - Din of Daily Life (Animation) - Cape Town Central Station
'Members Exhibition' - Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
'Art City' - Downtown Johannesburg
'New Work New York' - Pepe Giallo, New York City
collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
'Heartfelt' - The Foundry, Cape Town
'Brain Storm' - Artscape, Cape Town
'One' AVA Gallery, Cape Town - collaboration with Arlene Amaler-Raviv
'South Africa' - JAK Gallery, London
'Absolut Color' - AVA Gallery, Cape Town
'Collaboration' - Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
'Suburbs in Paradise' - Jo'burg Gallery, Cape Town
'Lines of Sight' - South African National Gallery, Cape Town
'Images, Imaging, Imagination' - Scan Shop, Cape Town
'Absolut Africa' - Area Gallery, Cape Town
'Holga' - LAPA Gallery Santa Monica, California
'Suburbs in Paradise' - Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California
'No Surrender No Retreat' - Black Gallery, Los Angeles
'South Africa In Black And White' - Art Center College of Design, California
'Suburbs in Paradise' - L.A. Photoworks, Santa Monica, California
'South Africa' - Museum of Cultural History UCLA, Los Angeles
'End Conscription Campaign' - Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
'Transformation' - Shell Gallery, Cape Town
'Transformation' - Market Gallery, Johannesburg
'World Press Pictures of the Year' - Europe
'People, Places, Memories and Faces' - Pentax Gallery, Johannesburg
Photographs and articles featured in Los Angeles Magazine, Buzz, LA Times Magazine,
Downbeat, Itch, Westways, Fairlady Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine,
Femina Magazine, Creative Photography Magazine, Live, Arete, Newsweek, Leadership Magazine,
Black & White Magazine, Cape Argus, Cape Times, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Die Burger,
The Sunday Independent, Black Business Quarterly, Cape etc. Magazine, 'Apartheid: A History'
Grafton Books - London, 'Johannesburg As It Is' Argus Publishing.
Professional Photographers of South Africa Award
FujiFilm Professional Photographers Award
Commonwealth Photographic Award
Advertising Photographers of America Award
Photo/Design Magazine Award
Nikon International Award
Shell Press Pictures of the Year Award
World Press Award
National Schools Salon Award
Corporate and Public Collections
Sasol, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, South African Breweries, Davis Langdon Farrow Laing,
British American Tobacco, Webber Wentzel Bowens, JP Morgan, Cadiz, Coronation, Anglo