My current focus on experimental photography follows on a career of dedicating myself to the visual arts including and as arts-writer for local media after obtaining a Masters in Art History and lectured at the former Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (University of Johannesburg).
The shift from ‘onlooker’ to ‘doer’ (creating my own photographic artworks), gradually became a major occupation over the past decade. The move towards fine art photography was prompted by a series of events: first the surprise when an online fine-art photo gallery Camera Obscura presented a feature on me. Then an invitation for a solo exhibition at a new Waterkant Art Gallery in Cape Town, which coincided with moving to the Cape. The work sold to local and international collectors when it was entered for the Affordable Art Fair in New York. Another solo followed in 2016. I have also participated in many group exhibitions, including the Month of Photography exhibition in Cape Town during 2015.
Regular Showcase Winner in Artslant, the New York-based online art gallery, since 2011.
Merit award from the New York Institute of Photography, and the Best Student, “Fresh Cream” from the Vega School of Photography in Cape Town.
SELF-DESIGNED AND PUBLISHED PHOTOBOOKS in limited edition:
2016 Cliff Richard Lives Here; published by Bettie Coetzee, Printed by Wetink, Cape Town. Explores the contradictions between fragmentation and wholeness through the prism of someone who suffers from cerebral palsy. View on https://issuu.com/bettie-photo/docs/cliffie_book_final
2015 STILL/LIFE IN MOTION a portrait of time passing, Design and Layout: EMC Design, Printed: Hansa Printers, Cape Town Sept. 2015, ISBN 978-0-620-66614-5I CODE 9 780620666145 View on: www.issuuttp-//issuu.com/bettie-photo/docs/stilllifesetting-fa_split_rv_
2013 TO LIFE – DANCE IT; A Story in Words, Images, Movement, by Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht in collaboration with Dawn Garisch, design, layout and publisher Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht ISBN-978-0-620-55950-8. View book on: www.issuu.com/bettie-photo