About Us

Thank you for visiting our website. Van Kalker is going strong since 1937 and continues to be a strong presence in the lives of the Cape Community.

Van Kalker Studios is an established portrait photographic company, in 2017 celebrating 80 years service to Cape Families and being archived, original images dating back to 1937, Cape Heritage captured on film media. We are specialists in photography and cater for a full range of photographic needs. We have recently relocated to Athlone, and we are building up new offices.

History of Van Kalker:

Van Kalker Photography Studio has been serving the Western Cape community since 1937. Founded by Gerhardt van Kalker, Dutch immigrant who established the classic portrait studio in Woodstock Main Road. The studio became a landmark of District Six history and captured the diverse cultures that make Cape Town the cosmopolitan city it is and always has been.

Van Kalker refined the art of Portrait Photography and many Cape Town families, regardless of their culture, grandparents or parents had a Van Kalker portrait. Countless individuals marked special occasions with a Van Kalker portrait.

That tradition endures even to this day and is preserved. Currently more than 200 000 negatives are in storage, some displayed at the District Six Museum. Presently we are engaged in a project to archive and record the rich history of Cape culture through the families who visited the studio over the years. Van Kalker is proud to be an iconic photographic studio and continues to contribute to the community.

Why with us?

about us

The original studio was based in Woodstock, Cape Town, est. 1937, celebrating 80 years of service in 2017, a big milestone for a small photography studio, due to loyal patronage of Cape communities and companies sharing in Van Kalker Studios legacy.

Mission

Original Studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, established in 1937 and celebrating 80 years of service in 2017. A big milestone for a small photography studio, due to loyal patronage of Cape communities and companies sharing in Van Kalker Studios legacy. Van Kalker keeps up with trends, technology and client’s needs, in order to be relevant for the years ahead, and ensuring it is grounded in Quality

Community

Van Kalker has had a strong sense of community, located in Woodstock and for a period in Wynberg. Van Kalker has contributed to the social developement of the community and provided for a struggling community, during its time.

Services

Van Kalker offers a large range of services and products.

Photography

Van Kalker Studios is an established photographic company, in 2017 it is celebrating 80 years of service to Cape Families. Archived images since 1937 and Cape Heritage captured on film media. For top of the range quality imagery, Van Kalker has many years experience and is able to cater for your private or company's needs.

Printing

Van Kalker services include Professional Printing - from ID Photos size to Large Scale Prints, on a variety of different media. Printing services include: Standard Photos, Enlargements, Framed Prints, Canvas Prints and Mugs. New Printing Service: Send photos you would like to have printed to printmyphoto1@gmail.com. Option for collection, post or delivery.

Events

Van Kalker is able to accommodate your events needs, including photography & filming. Studio portraits, School Photos, On-site Printing and Corporate Events. Please contact us for more information, to accomodate your requirements.

Portfolio

Take your time to look through only some of Van Kalker Studio's work and photography.

School Portrait Photographs

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Flowers Close Up

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Edited Wedding Image

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Wedding Photos

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Vintage Van Kalker Imagery

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Sun Set

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Lioness

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Dragonfly

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Matric Ball

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Mountain Wine Estate

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Stadium Fireworks

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Spring Flowers

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Full Portfolio

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Van Kalker Blog

Want to know more about Van Kalker? Check out our blog and keep up with our latest updates and news. Find out our latest movements, plans and special offers.

Van Kalker - 80 Years of Operation

In the year 2017, Van Kalker will be celebration 80 years of operation. Having started in Cape Town, in 1937, 80 years will be a big milstone for a small photography studio, making it on its own. But all credit due to the communities, companies and people...

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Van Kalker on Social Media

Van Kalker has a large social media presence, and images are easy to find and view on most of our social accounts. If you looking to see our latest news and updates or maybe view some of Van Kalker’s imagery...

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Chamber of Dreams: Photographs of the Van Kalker Studio

The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings...

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Contact Us

For more information, or any questions you might have, please contact us and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

VanKalker

Thornton Road
Athlone
Cape Town

Please call us on: 0636146516 / 0815163349
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