Garth Walker is a graphic designer, photographer, publisher and archivist based in Durban, South Africa.
This website shows selected examples of his personal work exploring the idea “what makes me South African – and what does that look like?”

Around the late 1980s he started documenting vernacular design as found on the streets and townships of South Africa’s
cities and small towns. Today, the collection is likely the largest extant.
See more below…

In 1994 he published the first issue of his experimental graphics magazine ijusi
See more here: www.ijusi.com

Graphic Design

A smattering of personal graphic design projects for varied clients in the creative and cultural sectors
This work differs substantially from my commercial work as a professional graphic designer (www.misterwalker.net)

Traveling global exhibition on poster around the idea of tolerance curated by Mirko Illic in New York

Exhibition in Seoul South Korea by designers for all over the world on the theme I Love Seoul (the photograph used was taken in Seoul on a visit to the city in 2015)

TimesMedia Group and Design Indaba exhibition featuring posters by designers on press freedom in South Africa

Identity and catalogue for an exhibition curated by Dutchmann on custom shaped Spider Murphy surfboards decorated by well known artists and designers

Poster for an exhibition in Zurich Switzerland by global graphic designers on the theme of coexistence

Identity for Angela Buckland Photography

Recent work by photographer Stephen Inggs presented as a Limited Edition collectors book, artist print and associated box

ijusi #29 : Nelson Mandela Issue

Cover illustration

Goat 10×12@SA Contemporary Artists from South Africa

Luciano Beneton Collection Italy

 Celebrate Paris

du Fete Graphisme Exhibition France

Porsche 911 – poster for Dutchmann

Cover and spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

Spreads: Vernacular Visual Language from the Streets and Townships of South Africa

magazine insert into SEGD (Society of Experiental Graphic Design) USA

Unpublished Self Portrait

Vuvuzela poster celebrating football chants

Glory Glory exhibition London UK

Illustration based on historical South African cultural imagery

ijusi website Contact page

 

DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) poster celebrating the opening of the Design Museum

Design of Culture : Culture of Design

Editorial design and essay on South African graphic design

Studio Andrew Howard Porto Portugal

Cock and Pussy detail for HIV/AIDS installation

Saint Etienne International Design Biennale


Photography

At art school I developed an unhealthy obsession with photography. For some thirty years I been photographing Œwhatever is in front of me on every format from 4×5 to iPhone
This online collection shows a selection of personal work, around the theme of portraiture. The selection will change periodically

Sunday afternoon on Durban’s beachfront 

Lois in 2017 – 4×5 Polaroid PN 55 (expiry date 2002)

JohnMarc having his hair cut by Nana

Sandown Village

Pinetown Durban

Rudi Katzen with his adopted daughter Keili

Durban beachfront

Harry Bernard

Intersection of Moore and Hunt Roads Durban

South Beach Durban

Gijimani Vezi in town for the Durban July

South Beach Durban

Skater

Durban beachfront skate park

North Beach Durban

Self portrait with Chicken Pox

Lois after her car crash

K G Kgosetsile – LONMIN Body Building Team

North Beach Durban

North Beach Durban


Vernacular Design

A tiny fraction of my archive of images covering the ‘streets and townships of South Africa’
The archive covers graphic design, signage, typography, architecture, structures, and anything related to human creativity

Young Zulu man, Trappist Mission, Mariannhill, Natal, Circa 1890

David Varden Studio Stanger KZN: a young unmarried Zulu woman

Made in China packaging

Malcolm Fourie mag wheel headstone, Vanderbijlpark Cemetery

Stallholder, Greyville Car Boot Market

Sunday afternoon on the Golden Mile

Hair and Beauty Salon

R22 northern KZN

A4 street pole flyer

Solomon Mahlangu Drive Durban

A5 street flyers offering passing commuters a solution for ‘everything’

Durban CBD

Memorial headstone

Chatsworth Cemetery Durban

KwaZulu-Natal Public Works signage

R612 near Ixopo

Entrance sign and ‘fish pond’

Koffiefontein Northern Cape

Hand lettered mosque signage

Clocolan Free Sate

Men’s hair salon hand-painted banner by Hammer

The Point Durban

Furniture store facade

Ventersdorp North West

Beauty and Hair Salon

Wepener Free State

Radio station ‘billboard’

R102 KwaZulu-Natal

Tarkastad R61 Eastern Cape


Contact Garth

 

garth@garthwalker.com
+27 83 637 3636

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