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Mr. Mkhize's Portrait.
And Other Stories From the New South Africa.


Photographs and text by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
Trolley, London, 2004. 180 pp., 85 color illustrations, 6¼x8½".

"Mr. Mkhize has been photographed twice before in his life. The first was for his Pass Book, which allowed the apartheid government to control his movements. The second was for his identity Book, which allowed him to vote in the first democratic elections in 1994. Ten years later, we took his picture for no official reason." Thus begins this unassuming volume from the same photographers that released last years' award-winning Ghetto (Cat# PI127H). The title, Mr. Mkhize's portrait, is a lead-in to a photographic cross-section of South African society. For example, there are portraits of Pinni and Oom, a homeless couple that live on Nugget Street in downtown Johannesburg, and General Woody Nel and his wife, from the white Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch. Each individual, each couple is accompanied by their story in their own words. Photographs of the cities and neighborhoods are interspersed, simply, quietly. The cumulative effect of the words and text is huge. Broomberg and Chanarin place an underlying faith in their subjects, and what comes across is a overwhelmingly poignant account of humanity in a racially charged and troubled part of the globe. Read Publisher's Description.

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