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"After Apartheid: Nine South African Documentary Photographers"
2002-05-08 until 2002-05-26
Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch
ZA South Africa
The second photography exhibition in the Cape Town Month of Photography – series at the Sasol Art Museum is titled: After Apartheid: Nine South African Documentary Photographers.
The political struggle of the apartheid years gave rise to a very strong tradition of socially concerned photography in South Africa. Since 1991, however, there has been little demand for such militant photography and photographers, both those already established and those at the start of their careers, have turned to less urgent, less dramatic subject matter.
Photographers might have drawn attention to the appalling living conditions of the majority of South Africans in the past. Today they tend to communicate their subjects’ ability to triumph over these circumstances. At the same time, many South African photographers appear to be exploring the potential of their medium, aspects of composition, lighting, tonality or colour to communicate in less starkly dramatic visual forms.
Photographs by George Hallet, Jenny Gordon, Andrew Tshabangu, Gideon Mendel, Nadine Hutton, Paul Weinberg, Tracy Derrick, Guy Tillin and Zwelethu Mthethwa will be included in this exhibition.
Children and birds on signal street