The Cape Town Professional Photographers Association was formed in February 2012. The Principle Objective is to present a united front to the City of Cape Town in protest against the new and unworkable permit system. Moreover, the City has chosen to implement the system without engaging in consultation with Cape Town’s freelance stills photographers.
The result on appraisal, is a highly prejudicial system that is depriving many of Cape Town’s freelance photographers the opportunity to work freely within the City and surrounds. This in turn is limiting the photographers activities and ability to derive much needed income.
After trying to contact the city officials, Robert Miller of Panascape Photography was informed that the City would not engage individuals but, they would only engage representative bodies and to this end, the CTPPA was formed. Support and membership are growing on a daily basis.
Initially, the role of the CTPPA is intended to be as a body that can negotiate with the City of Cape Town on behalf of Cape Town’s photographers. However, there is a vision that in the long term, the CTPPA could become a much needed body for all of Cape Towns photographers.