ILAM’s latest deposit is a collection of photographs and other images taken by Dee (Dorene) Worman. The images were taken while accompanying her husband, Derek Worman, whose collection of recordings she donated to ILAM in 2017. The photographs are mainly about traditional music and dance performances in various parts of the old Transvaal.
Dee Worman entered the photography profession in the 1970’s following a 3 year-long apprenticeship at South African Railways & Harbours division of Publicity & Travel. Photography and darkroom techniques were taught by the employed staff photographers. She attended part-time art lectures at Johannesburg Technical College where she acquired an appreciation of the arts. Dee was then employed by a commercial photographer as a darkroom assistant. The employer was an outstanding teacher of the art and craft of photography. Dee acquired skills in still-life and portraiture lighting, and gained competence in other fields, these being advertising, architecture, industrial, PR, documentary and weddings. She attended part-time lectures on Design Art & Composition at Johannesburg Graphic Design School and entered several professional photography competitions. Awards received were; 1st Prize in the Middleburg Steel’s calendar competition, titled, “Stainless Steel for all seasons” in 1984; a Gold award for a “Portfolio of the Year” from Fuji Profoto Awards 2004 for images shot in Namibia. She is an associate member and was Treasurer of the South African Institute of Photographers (SAIP) from1989 to 2013, now renamed as the Professional Photographers Southern Africa (PPSA) in 1991.