Thom Pierce is a British photographer, currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the heart of his work is the need to advocate for change in areas of social injustice. As part of his ongoing development, striving to create more effective work, he has teamed up with writer and advocacy expert, Nomatter Ndebele, to offer a more rounded and holistic approach to photography as activism.

Thom Pierce (born 1978, Jersey)

After a successful career in the UK music industry he turned to photography in 2013. Over a short period of time he has built a substantial body of work which has been exhibited in major international galleries and festivals.

His work explores the line between documentary, art and portrait photography to engage with environmental and humanitarian issues, through photographic essays, installations and exhibitions. He splits his time between personal projects, commissions and collaborations. 

He is a recipient of the 2016 Piclet prize for contemporary African photography and the 2016 PDN storytellers award. His work has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and books, and has featured as part of several human rights campaigns. A collection of his work can be found in the permanent collection of the South African National Gallery.

In 2017 Pierce was chosen as a finalist in the Magnum Photographic Awards and was selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

Nomatter Ndebele (born 1991, Zimbabwe)

After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand with an honours degree in Journalism, Nomatter worked for Reuters as a journalist and producer. Her introduction to activism came when she moved to the public interest law firm SECTION27 as a communications officer.

Over a four year period Ndebele has been involved in numerous advocacy projects which have positively effected the lives of thousands of people. Her writing has been features in national newspapers and


Selected Past Exhibitions

The Objectors - War Resisters International Conference, Cape Town - July 2014

Andriesvale - Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town - September to October 2014

The Objectors - The Castle, Cape Town - September - October 2014

Platfontein (The Bushman Hip-Hop Generation) - Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town - October 2014 

The Objectors - Friends of Design, Cape Town - November 2014

Simplify (part of "Black & White" curated exhibition) - Johans Borman Gallery, Cape Town - November 2014

Andriesvale - South Gallery, Cape Town - November - January 2015

The Objectors - South Gallery, Cape Town - March 2015

Black Sash 60th Anniversary Exhibition - Artscape, Cape Town - August 2015

The Price of Gold - Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town - December 2015 to March 2016

The Objectors - Part of group exhibition 'Studio' at South African National Gallery - 2016

The Horsemen of Semonkong - Circa, Johannesburg - 2016

The Horsemen of Semonkong - ArtCo Gallery, Germany - July 2017

Les Nuits de la Photographie - Les Rencontres De La Photographie - Arles 2017

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - The National Portrait Gallery - London 2017 to 2018



Featured at the following festivals...

Cape Town Month of Photography (South Africa), Head on (Australia), Secvente (Romania), Fotografvaki (Turkey), Lagos Photo (Nigeria), Addis Photo (Ethiopia), La Quatrieme Image (France), PhotOn (Spain), Art Photo Barcelona (Spain), FestFoto (Brazil), Krakov Photomonth (Poland), Los Angeles Festival of Photography (USA), Odessa/Batumi Photo Days (Ukraine), Format (UK). 



Piclet Popcap '16 - Prize for contemporary African photography - Winner

PDN Storytellers 2016 - Winner

Lensculture Storytellers 2015 - Finalist

Head On Photo 2016 - Semi-Finalist

Lensculture Emerging Talent 2016 - Winner

Mondo Galleria Award 2017 - 1st Runner Up

Magnum Photographic Awards 2017 - Finalist

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2017 - Exhibition Finalist


Archive of links


Articles and Interviews

Review of Andriesvale Exhibition in the Cape Times newspaper. 

Mail & Guardian feature - Artists who drill below the obvious - October 2015

BBC world service interview about The Price of Gold - October 2015

BBC News Video featuring The Price of Gold exhibition - October 2015

Between 10 and 5 Interview - January 2016

Daily Maverick Interview - February 2016

Resource Magazine Interview - March 2016

Dodho Magazine Interview - April 2016


Online Publications

Silicosis: The long battle to get the mines to cough up - Daily Maverick - September 2015

The Price of Gold Photo Essay in The Guardian - October 2015

Sunday Times article - Forget the myths about foreigners. 

The Objectors comment piece in the South African Mail & Guardian.

The Price of Gold - multimedia piece in the Mail & Guardian - August 2015

The Caregivers - Multimedia piece in the Mail & Guardian - September 2015

Roads & Kingdoms - Portraits of Resistance - 2016

Workshop X - The Price of Gold - 2016

L'Oeil De La Photographie - The Price of Gold - 2016

British Airways High Life - Wrapped Up - 2016

The Independent - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016

The Guardian - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016

Esquire Russia - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016