African Photojournalism Database
Johannesburg, Gauteng, Afrique du Sud
Miora Rajaonary (born in 1984) is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was born and raised in Antananarivo,Madagascar, before studying at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and working in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the Communications departments of several companies and organizations. Her passion for photography led her to undergo a professional Photography training in Johannesburg and embark in a second career as a photographer in 2013.
Through her pictures, Miora focuses on social issues and shifting cultures and identities in contemporary Africa. Lately her multimedia project on interracial relationships in South Africa, "I See You With My Heart" gained interest in the country and was one of the five recipients of the "Projets Reseaux" initiative of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. The project subsequently toured as a solo exhibition, in five cities of South Africa during the second half of 2016.
In October 2016, Miora was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa 2016, the second in the World Press Photo Foundation’s s series of satellites masterclasses, and the first one in Africa.
She is available for assignments for media and NGO organizations.
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- Still life
- Video capture
I See You With My Heart - Thelma and Matin
A portrait of Thelma and Matin shot for the multimedia documentary project "I See You With My Heart" on interracial relationships in post-apartheid South Africa.
Thelma and Matin, Pretoria North, October 2015.
Thelma is a 23 year-old Black South African born in Rustenberg. Matin is a 31 year-old South African born in Durban and raised in a traditional Hindu family. They met in 2009 and first became very good friends. When they started to date each other, both families were shocked especially Matin’s, whose parents are very traditionalist and expect him to be with and marry a Hindu woman. Matin has been torn since between his love for Thelma and the fear to lose his parents if he’s moving forward with her. © Miora Rajaonary
Miners' strike in South Africa
AMCU affiliated mineworkers picketed in front of the Impala Platinum Headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday March 27th 2014 to demand a 12,500 ZAR wage base. The Miners’ strike lasted several weeks and had “unprecented impact” which caused “irreparable damages” according to the CEOs of the three biggest platinum producers in South Africa. ©Miora Rajaonary