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15 Essays in Half-tone

by Cole Bowen, Bob and Elizabeth

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(Pretoria: J. L. van Schaik, 1957). Oblong quarto; original coarse grey cloth, with red lettering to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated (but pp. 64); monochrome photographs throughout. Dustwrapper somewhat edgeworn, with some loss to top edge of upper panel, and archival tape repairs to reverse side; faint foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. An evocative series of monochrome photographs of South African people and scenes, providing a glimpse of life as it was more than fifty years ago. The pictures of Cape Town's Malay Quarter and District Six are perhaps the most important. .
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Alexandra, I Love You. A Record of Seventy Years

by Swift, Jon (text), with Vicky Alhadeff, Alf Kumalo and others (photographers)

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(Johannesburg: Alexandra Liaison Committee, 1983) 0620072342. 4to; original red boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 93 + (ii); numerous, largely monochrome, photographs. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Alexandra Township lies to the north of Johannesburg between the old Pretoria Main Road and the much newer Eastern Bypass. On the map the area is a rectangle comprising twenty two avenues in parallel grid formation. From the air, the mainly dirt roads are not as neat as the map suggests but the uniformity comes from the monochrome pattern of matchbox dwellings, covering almost two square kilometres of rough, undulating ground. The biggest surprise of all is the situation of Alexandra. It is one of the few black townships to be completely hemmed in by white suburbs. ... There are few community facilities. A recent count revealed 49 churches, one clinic, one cinema, two beerhalls, two discos, three soccer fields… Read More
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The Cold Choice. Pictures of a South African reality
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The Cold Choice. Pictures of a South African reality

by Robertson, Struan

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(Cape Town: David Philip, 1991) 0864861710. 4to; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 123 + (iv); photographs; map. Boards very slightly rubbed; earlier owner's name on front free endpaper; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "The Cold Choice is the record of four years' travelling with Operation Hunger teams around South Africa. The flip side of the glossy tourist-view of the country, this book shows South Africa as it is experienced by the majority of its people: a succession of tumbledown relocation camps and overcrowded townships with bad roads, no sewerage, minimal water reticulation and no street lighting. Yet, in this depressing squalor, Struan Robertson found something more rewarding than breathtaking tourist views. 'When I began this project I expected to record suffering and injustice. There was, indeed, plenty of both but what struck me most was the resilience of the human spirit. Even in the worst relocation camps such as Tentergate or Padstowe I found people who… Read More
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Face of South Africa

by Jansen, Chris

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(Cape Town, 1972). Quarto, pictorial dustwrapper, lightly rubbed, no pagination, numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations. Excellent photo-essay, depicting the people and places of South Africa. .
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South Africa. Who Cares
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South Africa. Who Cares

by Hartman, Ray

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(Cape Town: The Gallery Press, 1985) 0620089806. Photography by Paul Alberts, Bee Berman, Patrick Royal, Paul Weinberg and Giselle Wulfsohn. Folio; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 119; black-and-white photographs. Some foxing and browning, mainly to prelims and edges. Good condition. Photographic essay showing scenes from community projects of the Rotary Club. .
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South Africa. Landshapes. Landscapes. Manscapes

by Potgieter, Herman (photographer) and Guy Butler (text)

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(Cape Town, Struik, 1990). Folio; original cloth-backed paper over boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; small, light tape stains to pictorial endpapers; gift inscription on half-title; pp. 160; numerous full colour photographs. Near fine condition. "This magnificently illustrated work is unique among the many photographic books on South Africa, for it presents a daringly original collection of pictures that invite the reader to look afresh at the country's natural and man-made landscapes. The majority of the images were captured from the air and provide stunning views of the surface of the land - its shapes, colours, patterns and textures - including the various effects of man's activities on earth's delicate and sensitive skin. . . . In these pictures Herman Potgieter has renounced the obvious and produced images of supreme originality. To do justice to photography of this calibre, the greatest care has been taken with all aspects of the book's design, materials and… Read More
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Sweden, South Africa ... A Photographic Art Exchange

Sweden, South Africa ... A Photographic Art Exchange

by Krekin, Irmelie, and Zwelethu Mthethwa

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(Stockholm: Futurniture and Rikta Kommunikation, 1999). Oblong 4to; original black papered boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated (but, pp. 48); full-page captioned colour photographs. Trace of damp-ripple to top edge of dustwrapper, and foxing to reverse side; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. Uncommon. "Irmelie Krekin flew to South Africa in late August 1999. She is considered one of Sweden's foremost experimental style and fashion photographers. At the same time, Zwelethu Mthethwa, renowned artist and teacher of photography and painting at the Michaelis Art School in Cape Town, made the trip to Sweden. They had both been given the open mission to photograph people and environments in cities, suburbs and in the countryside. The two photographers had access to guides and drivers who proposed itineraries but they were free to deviate from the plan or to propose other schedules. A week later, Krekin and Mthethwa returned home. ... The photo essays are simple but distinct… Read More
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A day in the life of South Africa

by Hall, Colin, and Bob Thornley (originators)

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(Johannesburg: A Day in the Life of South Africa (Pty) Ltd., 1982). Folio; original red rexine; spine gilt; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; unpaginated; lavishly illustrated with colour and monochrome photographs. Dustwrapper edges very slightly curled; a little foxing to prelims. Very good condition. "There have been many attempts to capture in words and pictures the totality of South Africa. But, up to today, all the attempts have been by individuals, who could not hope to succeed, for no single person can ever accurately portray all the beauty, the richness, the diverse social structure, the controversy that comprises this Land in the Sun. This book does the impossible. It takes one ordinary day, Wednesday 26th May, 1982, and through the lenses of thousands of photographers, it brings you South Africa, as seen by South Africans." .
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