Bobson photography studio archive prints

Bobson Studio was founded by Sukdeo Bobson Mohanlall in Durban, South Africa, in 1961. The studio catered mainly to a Zulu clientele, who posed in their own beadwork and costumes for formal portraits that were also made into postcards, which could be sent to distant relatives and friends. Bobson used two cameras during this time, a Yashica Matt 120mm and a Rolliflex 120mm. The studio became the city’s most famous portrait studio, and attracted clients countrywide. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Bobson Studio began to offer color portraits, which best captured the vivid dress of the clients. Mohanlall’s work is in several private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The Newark Museum, New Jersey.

These particular pictures were found by my father many years ago, whilst visiting the Bobson studio in Cross Street. He came across them the other day and here you go…


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