Billy Monk Collection

The Billy Monk Collection is the sole custodian of Billy Monk's archive and exists with the support of his son, David Monk, and his daughter, Collette Monk. Monk's archive is small (barely filling three lever arch files) but an important document of 1960s Cape Town, with one file already lost to history. The aim of the Billy Monk Collection is to safeguard his opus and preserve this legacy for generations to come. The Billy Monk Collection is headed by Craig Cameron-Mackintosh and Gavin Furlonger.

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh is a fine artist and filmmaker and previously co-founded a brand of wooden-framed eyewear. He has a deep appreciation for Monk’s iconic images which present a refreshing and non-judgemental point of view of society in this period of Cape Town’s history.

Gavin Furlonger

Gavin Furlonger, renowned for his long-standing contribution to South Africa’s photographic community, has spent the better part of his career unearthing and salvaging undiscovered bodies of photographic work and championing the preservation of our collective photographic heritage.


Past Exhibitions

  • The Market Gallery, Johannesburg, July 1982. Nightclub.

  • University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, March 1985. Nagklub/Billy Monk.

  • Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1993. From the Bridge to the Catacombs: Photographs by Billy Monk and David Wise.

  • Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, June – August 2009. Jol.

  • Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, October – November 2010. BPB Curated: New Ways of Looking.

  • Stevenson, Cape Town, March – April 2011. Nightclub Photographs.

  • International Center of Photography, New York, September 2012 – January 2013. Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco, December 2012 – March 2013. South Africa in Apartheid and After: David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, Billy Monk.

  • A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, September 2017 – January 2018. You & I.

  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 15 – 17 February 2019. A Clean Heart and a Cheerful Spirit.

Books

  • Lin Sampson, ‘Now You’ve Gone ‘n Killed Me: True Stories of Crime, Passion and Ballroom Dancing’. Oshun, 2005.

  • David Goldblatt, Jac de Villiers and Lin Sampson, ‘Billy Monk’. Stockport: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2011

  • Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, 'The Photobook: A History Volume III’. Phaidon, 2014.