Black, Brown, White
Photography from South Africa
Essays by Gerald Matt, Thomas Miesgang and Jyoti Mistri.
More than 10 years after the end of Apartheid, South Africa is still ravaged by political, medical and, as ever, racial struggle. Violence and crime rates remain extremely high, and critics say that the democratic process hasn't helped the disadvantaged or redistributed wealth, it has only installed a new elite. The contemporary photographers Omar Badsha, David Goldblatt, Bob Gosani, Pieter Hugo, Ranjith Kally, Thando Mama, Santu Mofokeng, Jo Ractliffe, Jurgen Schadeberg, Bernie Searle and Andrew Tshabangu have undertaken to document the new South Africa--the changing and the tenaciously unchanging--in pictures. From David Goldblatt's famous Commuter series on black workers forced to travel from the townships to Johannesburg to Omar Badsha's Imperial Ghetto, a study of the everyday life of inhabitants of Indian descent in the harbor city of Durban, they seek, and find, truths.