Our Exhibition & Zine Launch at Kalashnikovv Gallery


On the 25th of January 2018 we launched the very first DEAD TOWN publication, along with an exhibition of featured work, at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg.

The zine includes images from 39 South African photographers, with 26 participating in the gallery show. The work is up for the week, and zines and prints are still available.

Below are some images of what went down:
Photos by Chris Preyser 

Join us for a walkabout and hang-out at at the gallery this Saturday, 3 February (the last day to view before it comes down). We will be making a trip to Cape Town soon, so look out for more details in the near future.

If you would like to contribute film photographs to our platform then please send them via email (deadtownphotoclub@gmail.com). We always welcome submissions and are dead keen to create more projects relating to analogue photography.



DEAD TOWN Zine and Exhibition opens tonight!


The day has finally arrived and we are super excited to share our debut publication with you. The limited edition zine features 39 photographers over 92 pages, with 2 series (by Matt Kay and Gabriella Achadinha).

DEAD TOWN Zine Preview:

Order you copy via email and look out for a show in Cape Town later in the year. Thanks for all the support thus far.

Check out the making of video below:

The launch opens at 6.30pm, 25 January 2018, at Kalashnikovv Gallery, JHB.



Select prints from the zine available for purchase. 26 photographers on display.


More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544918178928683/


DEAD TOWN Exhibition & Fanzine Launch

Super excited to introduce the DEAD TOWN fanzine; a full-blown publication with an amazing collection of film photographs.


Digital mock-up of DEAD TOWN fanzine. Cover image by Matt Kay.

Please join us at the launch and exhibition:
Thursday 25 January – Saturday 3 February, 2018
Wreck Room at Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Str, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
(free entrance – and please use the service road)

The zine and group show will feature various work by South African photographers using analogue film. Copies of the zine and select prints will be on sale. The launch will also include live music from The Bad Ass Execs and The Moths.


If you would like to pre-order your copy then please get in touch via email (deadtownphotoclub@gmail.com) to arrange EFT and postage. We are going to be shipping worldwide, and will also be looking at getting copies into your favourite photography and zine stores.

Zine specs
Size A5, 92 pages, 150gsm silk, 300gsm matt laminated cover, thread sewn
Black & white and colour images, with 39 South African photographers
Two featured series by Matt Kay and Gabriella Achadinha
Limited edition, stamped and hand-numbered

Katya Abedian | Gabriella Achadinha | Mike Bell | Christiaan Beyers
Frans Borman | Paris Brummer | Pieter Coetzee | Yetunde Dada
Luke Daniel | Meghan Daniels | Lee-David de Haas | Gideon de Kock
Saaiqa Ebrahim | Michael Ellis | Tao Farren-Hefer | Daniel Futerman
Andrew Gregory | Eduan Groenewald | Kleinjan Groenewald | David Peter Harris
Stan Kaplan | Matt Kay | Gray Kotze | Duran Levinson | Angus MacKinnon
Jack Daniel Mason | Kevin Murning | Shalom Mushwana | Jabu Nadia Newman
Albert Retief | Thomas Revington | Cameron Richards | Cat Rudolph
Willy Sheepskin | Anton Scholtz | Cecilia M. Scholtz | Aidan Tobias
Willem van den Heever | Cale Waddacor





Sample spreads with work from Gabriella Achadinha, Shalom Mushwana, Angus MacKinnon, Matt Kay, Jack Daniel Mason and Christiaan Beyers.

Press and media may download the full Press Pack: please follow this link.

Founded by Cale Waddacor in January 2017, the DEAD TOWN platform has published over 50 South African photographers in one calendar year, with in-depth interviews posted online, as well as a feature video with Andile Buka.
The showcase focuses on the South African film niche in order to expand the medium as a means of classic documentation, while also highlighting the excellent stream of local photographers who continue to explore the format.
In the future, Waddacor hopes to continue his passion for documenting the arts by releasing more self-published fanzines and annuals, and later photo books and monographs.

The exhibition causes for celebration.