Lizane Louw is a South African multimedia journalist and photographer based in Berlin. Louw combines her love for travel and photography in her work and has worked internationally as a journalist and photographer for 16 years.
My first love has always been photography. My dad bought me my first camera when I was 14. I am a self-taught photographer who accidentally landed in the world of photojournalism when I met the late Garth Stead, picture editor of Foto24/Die Burger, in Stellenbosch South Africa in 2007.
Garth had a significant influence on my career as a young photojournalist. With his guidance in shooting for daily publications and also the advice and support of Sharief Jaffer, the now-retired picture editor of Foto24/Media24, I continued pursuing a career in journalism.
Sharief is still a rock in my career. The experience I gained in the field under his guidance as a picture editor for almost four years, shaped my voice as a visual journalist.
In March 2009, the Hollywood film, Invictus, was filmed in Cape Town. I photographed the American actors, Matt Damon and Kyle Eastwood during filming. These famous actors played the parts of Francois Pienaar and Joel Stransky in the movie.
Invictus is a 2009 biographical sports drama. It was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin.
In September 2011, I was an official photographer of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book launch, Tutu, The Authorized Portrait. I had the opportunity to photograph Bono, the lead singer of U2, at the Bishops’ birthday celebrations. I also photographed the Archbishop at the Russel Tribunal in Cape Town, September 2011.
I relocated to Asia in 2012. I completed a diploma in Multimedia Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Centre for Journalism, ACFJ, in 2014. I continued my educational journey with Ateneo and graduated with a Masters Degree in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University, ACFJ, in June 2019.
During my time at Ateneo I developed a love for feature writing and environmental stories. This has since been the focus of the work I do.