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Detail of a photograph by Anne Fischer, Cape Town, c. 1940s. Anne Fischer/Courtesy Iziko Museums of South Africa, Social History Collections/University of Cape Town Library Special Collections

Glimpses into the history of street photography in South Africa

Two striking images - from the 1940s and the 1960s - help reveal the rich but still emerging history of street photography in the country.
Detail of an Aneliese Scherz photograph from 1930s Namibia. Anneliese Scherz/Basler Afrika Bibliographien Scherz Collection

Reframing women in Namibia’s early history of photography

Images of white Namibian farmers and their workers and a collection of portraits by travelling black photographers form part of the early archive.
Jürgen Schadeberg in 1955 with trainee photographers at Drum, Peter Magubane, left, and Bob Gosani. Both became well-known photographers. © Jürgen Schadeberg

Jürgen Schadeberg: chronicler of life across apartheid’s divides

The gift of his images lies in their depiction of the social worlds that apartheid sought to destroy, but that live on through the photographs.
Buddhist Retreat, near Ixopo (2003) Santu Mofokeng/Santu Mofokeng Foundation

Santu Mofokeng: master photographer who chased down shadows

No South African photographer leaves a more substantial legacy than Santu Mofokeng. He was adept at mapping interior worlds through haunting images of black life and, above all, his landscapes.

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