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.
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I was one of the early contributors to the to the Tolerance project.
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In 1994 he published the first issue of his experimental graphics magazine ijusi
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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 (

In Zulu We Trust

Poster artwork (fundraising initiative) for Phansi Museum Durban

Speak Truth to Power

Exhibition poster on the theme Speak Truth to Power for the Afrovibes Festival 2019


Poster for an exhibition and associated book in at the Rotonda della Besana in Milan Italy in 2018 around the theme ‘Ubuntu’

AGI Mexico_baboon

Poster for an exhibition and associated book in Mexico City in 2018 around the theme ‘The Other Side’


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

I Love Seoul

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)

Freedom of Expression

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

Angela Buckland

Identity for Angela Buckland Photography

665 Inggs

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


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

Fields Hill

Field’s Hill, M13 Pinetown offramp, Durban. Runaway truck plows into several vehicles resulting in 24 fatalities. 17 September, 2013

Currie road

Intersection Currie and Gladys Mazibuko Roads Durban. 17 July, 2019


Near Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, Sunday 29th December 2018


Outskirts of Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, Friday, 5th January 2018

Fiona and Niaomi

Identitcal twins, Fiona and Niaomi Radford and their animal menagerie, Durban Diabetes Day, Kings Park, Saturday 17th November 2018


Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, Thursday 11th January 2018

Beach gym

Durban beachfront, Sunday, 22nd July 2018


On the R350 near Bedford, Eastern Cape, Friday, 5th January 2018


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

Rudy Keili Katzen

Rudi Katzen with his adopted daughter Keili

Durban beachfront

Harry Bernard

Harry Bernard

Intersection of Moore and Hunt Roads Durban


South Beach Durban

Gijimani Vezi

Gijimani Vezi in town for the Durban July

South Beach Durban



Durban beachfront skate park


North Beach Durban

Chicken Pox

Self portrait with Chicken Pox

Car Crash

Lois after her car crash

Body Builder

K G Kgosetsile – LONMIN Body Building Team

North Beach Durban

Two Men

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

Sand signage

Sand sculpted signage, North Beach, Durban. 31 July, 2019


Nelson Mandela installation, Florida Road, Durban. 10 May, 2019


Hahatma Gandhi, Isaiah Shembe and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. M4 southbound, Durban North offramp. 29 September, 2018

Zulu hair

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

Studio Varden

David Varden Studio Stanger KZN: a young unmarried Zulu woman

Nerve tonic
Indian god

Made in China packaging


Malcolm Fourie mag wheel headstone, Vanderbijlpark Cemetery

Car boot market

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

Rainbow Print Flyers

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

Hair Salon

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

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