South African township-born photojournalist and Canon Ambassador Phill Magakoe has a talent for getting to the heart of a story with compelling images. His work, which has featured in publications such as Le Monde, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post, has helped catapult Africa's events onto the world stage.
Phill says his passion for photography began at university, when he witnessed the transformation that comes with processing film. "As a first year Economic Analysis student, I started to spend more time in the Arts faculty with a friend who was studying photography," he remembers. "One of the lecturers noticed my constant presence there and lent me his old film camera to use at home for the weekend. Afterwards, when processing that film and witnessing a picture developing on photographic paper, I was captivated by the process. I never put the camera down again."