Roderick V. Taylor

Roderick V. Taylor is a consummate artist, specialising in reportage photography. Born in New York, and now a long-time resident of South Africa, his photographic career began 35 years ago. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States, South Africa and Australia.

His accomplishments are numerous and include being the exclusive photographer at the 2010 World Cup Concert at Orland Stadium, South Africa’s Music Gem “Lira” for her first live DVD concert, the “25th Anniversary of Graceland” featuring Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bakithi Khumalo, Vusi Khumalo, to name but a few, and South Africa’s finest musicians, such as Loyiso Bala’s live DVD concert at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria.

In 2011, he had his first photographic exhibit display at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The exhibition is a celebration of South Africa’s musical heritage. Rod also photographed 13 South African icons for Yamaha South Africa’s music campaign. The campaign is currently on exhibition at Yamaha’s corporate head offices.

In the 1980’s, Rod was an adjunct lecturer at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and worked along side Life Magazine photographer John Shearer. During this period, he was also a digital pre-press consultant offering visual solutions to various publications such as the New York Times, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Forbes Custom Publishing Group, IBM Custom Group, National Urban League and various advertising agencies. He has also photographed album covers for various US music groups.

Rod continues to be inspired by his late friend Gordon Parks, Ernest Cole, Gene Smith and others who were pioneers in environmental portraits and the one-page picture story.

He is known as one of South Africa’s premier photographers devoting his creative energies to photographing “Township Pride in South Africa”, a soon-to-be-published coffee-table photography book, as well as coffee-table photography book of portraits of the South African and international musicians he has documented over the span of his career.