Buckland is an independent photographer whose work includes commissioned, exhibited and editorial images and her own personal projects. Buckland lectured for many years in the Fine Arts Department at Durban University of Technology where she set up and designed the photography component for the Fine Art Department. She currently runs her own private photography school, Photogarage.
Buckland was born in 1962 and grew up in various parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Initially she studied Fine Art, painting and photography at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal but switched after 2 years to focus on photography at Durban University of Technology (formerly Technikon Natal). At the end of her 3rd year she was awarded the Emma Smith Scholarship for overseas study where she completed an M.A. from Birmingham University, passing with distinction. She has won various awards and was nominated for the international photographic award, Prix Pictet in 2010 and for the DaimlerChrysler award for South African Creative Photography in 2003. Buckland has held 10 solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections.
Buckland’s style is fast and intuitive – a question of seeing the image and acting in the moment. She adopts differing photographic strategies to suit her projects, often rejecting rules and conventions. This approach has produced some of her most memorable works.
Buckland has published 3 books.
ZIP ZIP MY BRAIN HARTS is a personal account of parenting disabled children in South Africa written and published by the HSRC, together with a large collection of her images. LIGHT ON A HILL published by David Krut Publishing, documents the architecture of the South African Constitutional Court. And QUIET PLACE is a collaboration with Italian architect Gio Vio.
Buckland currently lives in Durban, South Africa with her architect husband and two children.