Author Archives: Samantha Reinders

About Samantha Reinders

Samantha Reinders is a visual journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds an MA in Visual Communication from Ohio University. Her clients include Time, The New York Times, L'Express, National Geographic Books, Der Spiegel, The Chicago Tribune, The London Financial Times, MSF and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to shooting for editorial and NGO clients she has recently edited On Route in South Africa for Jonathan Ball Publishers and curated a successful gallery show of as–of-yet unpublished news photographs at Young Blood Art Gallery in Cape Town. Her works have appeared in shows both in South Africa and abroad. Samantha also teaches documentary photography at The Cape Town School of Photography. You can see more of her work at

Going Through The Archives…

and came across this old one from a commercial shoot for Goldman Sachs in Nigeria… back when these things happened 😉

The advertisement was for their 10,000 Women campaign – a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.

Smithsonian Magazine

I travelled to St Helena Island – off the coast of, well, nowhere, in December 2018 for Smithsonian Magazine, to photograph a story on Napoleon. He famously saw out his last years there in exile, banished from his beloved France. While the island, because of its complete remoteness (it gained its first runway and subsequent air service in 2018 allowing a plane from Johannesburg, via Windhoek, to make a weekly – controversial – flight) saw other exiles and famous people (Zulu kings, Anglo Boer war prisoners, Halley of Halley’s Comet fame to name a few) it was the famed French general that put the island on the map.

Shortlisted for CAP

Happy to announce that I’m one of 25 artists shortlisted for the Contemporary African Prize in Photography for 2019. I’m completely and totally overwhelmed to find myself in such fine company.

See some of the amazing portfolios here

The winners will be announced at Photo Basel in June.


My entry is from my body of work THE LAND THAT BEGINS AGAIN

It’s been said that wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. I would argue that who you are leads you to certain places…For me this could be said about the Karoo.

The semi-desert folds of the Karoo stretch over five degrees of longitude of South Africa. Swaths of arid, dusty and desolate land that to the naked eye looks like nothing, but with the right tilt of the head is teeming with life and vibrancy. There are a few scattered towns and the country’s main highway that conveniently and quickly escorts people through it without stopping.

Four generations ago though my ancestors stopped and made a life here. They, like I do now, recognize the incredible beauty of this nothingness.

The Land That Begins Again is a love letter, of sorts, to that place of dust and dreams. It’s an exploration of my self, past and present, in a geography that is at once universal and at the same time so uniquely South African it is not possible to separate it’s DNA (or mine) from its physical place on a map or its specific existence in a time in history.

The final presentation of this work includes items – collected from the Karoo – which will be exhibited alongside the images.


Mongolian Memories

Aramco - Story on Kanga

On the move


Eagle festival

Starting the year off looking back…at Mongolia. Just loaded a HUGE edit on my website ( from the last two years trips to North Western Mongolia. Join me in October this year on a photo tour to the 2019 Eagle Festival. Mail me for details.