Karl Schoemaker

I was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived in Hong Kong before moving to South Africa, and although the rest of my family eventually moved all over the world; I stayed! I love this country, sure we have our problems, but so do all countries to varying degrees, but still; there is no better than this one!

I did a successful year of BCom at Rhodes before I changed to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in which I majored in photography. I was taught by Obie Oberholzer; one of the premier photographers around. After Varsity I did my National Service (as we had to) in the Air Force at Waterkloof airbase in Pretoria, where I was part of the photographic unit. I learnt a wealth about aerial photography, which was not covered at varsity. I then worked in a photographic studio, where I was hired to be the assistant for a few years. I applied for, and got the job of in-house photographer at Gold Fields of South Africa (GFSA), and quickly learnt all about underground mining. I left photography and worked in the Corporate environment for twelve years.

At the end of 2008 I moved away from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth searching for a better quality of life, and to return to my passion of Photography.
I now run a commercial studio in Port Elizabeth, specialising in commercial and industrial photography, while travelling globally on assignments in the mining industry.