About Suzanne Hayano

Suzanne Hayano became a photographer as a young child growing up in a household that no matter where her family lived contained a black and white darkroom - whether it be in the bathroom or a garage:  black curtains, red lights, three trays, tongs, an enlarger or two, filters, timer, chemicals, paper - equipment not often seen nowadays.  In the darkroom, Suzanne developed a passion for the power and artistry of the printed photograph while another formative influence was the development of a strong appreciation for peoples and cultures.  Both influences have remained common threads throughout her life.

As a young photographer, Suzanne began her journey at 17 years old when she boarded a bus in Tijuana and traveled through Mexico and Central America. She was subsequently requested to photograph the Sandanista revolutionary leaders of Nicaragua - her first photographs to be published.

Suzanne has been fortunate in that she has been able to create an international lifestyle having studied, lived and worked in South America, Central America, Africa and Asia.  Indian Administered Kashmir has played a major role in her life for the past twenty-five years, and through her photographs she attempts to promote an understanding of both its beauty and its’ beasts.  Towards this end, she worked (2008-2010) under the auspices of Global Humanitarian Photojournalists (founded by Jacob Foko and an affiliate of the United Nations Association in California) on 'The Kashmiri Project: The Other Martyrs' – a project she continues to work on independently.  She also supports the non-governmental organization PACE (PREVENTION AND CARE FOR EVERYONE) headed-up by Dr. Arshad Arif who treats post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder suffered by rural Kashmiri women.

Suzanne’s year is typically divided between three countries: South Africa where she has a home in Johannesburg; Kashmir where on Nageen Lake she has a doonga [family houseboat]; and the USA.

*2010 – Merit of Excellence, Black and White Spider Awards, “Dawa Dakpa, Tibetan Olympics, Dharamsala”

*2009 – Johannesburg, South Africa:  Shared History, The Indian Experience in South Africa  (Indian High Commission and Arts Alive Festival), Exhibition

*2009 Shared Spaces, Shared Realities: Installation: Communities of Johannesburg (‘Fietas Festival’)                                                           

*2008 -2010 - GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN PHOTOJOURNALISTS: Kashmir Project Manager

*2008 – Staff Photographer for the Tibetan Olympics, McLeod Gunj, India

*2007 –Publication: IN FULL-FRAME, PORTRAITS OF GUJARAT, text and 140 colour photographs

*1970’s-1990’s – Freelance photojournalistic and visual anthropology assignments; curate museum and university exhibitions.


Photographic Works in Progress: 

Faces of Kashmir

Beauty in the Belly of the Beast: Kashmir 1989-2010

Talk Townships:  Townships of Johannesburg.