Ivor Markman



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Photography and history are my passions, the pursuit of which I have always followed because I find them inspiring and creative.


Writing is an extension of my photography and I love it because writing means talking to people - not just observing - from all walks of life. 

My photographic specialty is what I call                                            – meaning life’s events.

If it “happens” and needs to be documented for whatever reason - then I photograph it.

My life's philosophy is simple: listen rather than talk - you learn so much more.

But listening and learning is of no value if you keep your knowledge to yourself.


You need to leave knowledge behind and to share the events you have witnessed so those who come after you can learn and become better people.


My greatest fear is leaving this life without ever having contributed something positive, in my own small way, to mankind.

Please feel welcome to browse through my website and to enjoy the photographs and features.

After graduating as a graphic designer from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, I started my media career with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) TV in 1973 in Johannesburg.

Unfortunately the "powers that be" decided to move me into the sound department where I worked as a sound operator.

But the lure of a camera was far too strong and in 1978, after unsuccessfully applying to be transferred to camera work, I resigned and switched over to stills photography.

My first freelance work was for the Eastern Province Herald in Port Elizabeth where the shutter-bug really bit hard and I immediately fell in love with the lifestyle.

With more happening in  Cape Town I moved there and obtained employment as a press photographer with The Argus and the Cape Herald before moving over to the Cape Times.

After being named South African Press Photographer of the Year in 1985 I moved to Florida in the United States.

After a short stint there I moved to Sacramento, California and then on to Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Six years later I returned to Sacramento where I freelanced, doing work mainly for Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle and many other newspapers.

Upon the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1995 I returned home to Port Elizabeth and once again worked as a photojournalist at The Herald.

I remained there until taking early retirement in 2011.

Since then I have been doing research for a book on the history of Port Elizabeth and doing freelance photojournalism.

So if you need someone to write a positive, honest and accurate description of your business along with imaginative photography, then I'm the person to contact. 

Check the                               button for a brief description of stories I have written or                                 for a list without descriptions.

Click on                              for a selection of "stand-alone" photographs.