Mikhail Samuel is a South African photographer, writer, and filmmaker, whose works explore identity, memory, philosophy, representation, and space through analog media. Samuel is best known for his study of South Africa’s complex racial, gender, and cultural divisions, which he unpacks through film photography. Samuel focuses on societal observations that blur the lines between the imagined and conscious realities, and which have been brought to life in his recent film, An Ode To Youth: Joburg Nights (2021). His work has been exhibited internationally with his photography series in Information is Currency debuting in Germany at the 8th Photo Triennial alongside An Ode To Youth: Joburg Nights, which screened at SAUFF. Samuel’s contribution to film extended beyond his practice with his collaborative project, Cult Film, which saw the artist work with Troye Shannon on the establishment of a film community through a boutique film lab. Cult Film was a project that encouraged artists to experiment with analog media and provided bespoke development services in Johannesburg.