Thom Pierce Cape Town | SA

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    Thabo Lekhotsa - Ha Lesala, Lesotho © Thom Pierce
  • Makatleho Selibo is the Widow of Mahola Selibo who worked as a team leader at President Steyn mine in Welkom. He worked underground for 33 years. He passed away in 2013 and suffered from tuberculosis and silicosis. He did not receive any compensation from the mines. On the weekends at the mines he would run a shoe repair business, fixing the broken soles of his colleagues; shoes. Mr and Mrs Selibo had four children and she now survives on subsistence farming and livestock. © Thom Pierce
  • Paleho Silase - Ha Bati, Lesotho © Thom Pierce
  • Sekhobe Letsie is 72 years old and lives on the outskirts of Maseru, Lesotho. Born in 1942 he started work in the mines in 1970, when he was 28 years old. He now has four children and lives off the little bit of farming he can manage and money from his son. He is confused about his medical condition and was adamant that he had never been taken for medical screening while on the mines. He has silicosis and has not received any compensation. © Thom Pierce
  • Juliena Rooi © Thom Pierce
  • Mohlouoa Makafane - Ha Seqhoasho, Lesotho © Thom Pierce
  • Home of Adam Griekwa © Thom Pierce
  • color photograph by Thom Pierce
    Mohasoa Motoko - Semonkong, Lesotho © Thom Pierce
  • Manthatuda Josephina Lebina is the widow of Liphang Lebina and lives in Ha Mpo, Maseru in Lesotho. She is 72 years old and has to survive by selling vegetables. Her husband was never compensated when he became sick with silicosis. He worked on the gold mines for 10 years as a store attendant at Free State Saaiplaas and a boilermaker and locomotive driver at President Brand. © Thom Pierce
  • Teoho Malme - Ha Hlalele, Lesotho © Thom Pierce


Thom Pierce is a British photographer, born in 1978, now living in Cape Town, South Africa. His work explores the lines between art, documentary and portrait photography to engage with issues of cultural, social and historical significance.

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 heavily 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.

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