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Chief More’s Funeral, GaMogopa (1989).

 

Photograph: Santu Mofokeng

 

South African photographer Santu Mofokeng – in pictures

The documentary photographer,

best known for recording everyday life

in the townships of South Africa, has died.

His images illuminated the ordinary under apartheid,

and captured a society in transformation

after the regime ended

The Guardian

Tue 4 Feb 2020    09.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/feb/04/
south-african-photographer-santu-mofokeng-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Democracy is Forever”, Pimville (2004).

 

Photograph: Santu Mofokeng

 

South African photographer Santu Mofokeng – in pictures

The documentary photographer,

best known for recording everyday life

in the townships of South Africa, has died.

His images illuminated the ordinary under apartheid,

and captured a society in transformation

after the regime ended

G

Tue 4 Feb 2020    09.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/feb/04/
south-african-photographer-santu-mofokeng-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter in Tembisa (c1991).

 

Photograph: Santu Mofokeng

 

South African photographer Santu Mofokeng – in pictures

The documentary photographer,

best known for recording everyday life

in the townships of South Africa, has died.

His images illuminated the ordinary under apartheid,

and captured a society in transformation

after the regime ended

The Guardian

Tue 4 Feb 2020    09.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/feb/04/
south-african-photographer-santu-mofokeng-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Miriam Maine’s Funeral, Vaalrand Farm, Bloemhof,” 1990.

 

Photograph:

Santu Mofokeng Foundation/

Lunetta Bartz, Maker, Johannesburg

 

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer of Apartheid Life, Dies at 63

His sublime black-and-white images of everyday life in South Africa

both during and after white rule

capture hope and unfulfilled expectations.

Feb. 12, 2020

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/
arts/santu-mofokeng-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Charles Rex Moabi, Jakkalsfontein,” 1989.

 

Photograph:

Santu Mofokeng Foundation/Lunetta Bartz, Maker, Johannesburg

 

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer of Apartheid Life, Dies at 63

His sublime black-and-white images of everyday life in South Africa

both during and after white rule

capture hope and unfulfilled expectations.

Feb. 12, 2020

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/
arts/santu-mofokeng-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Concert at Sewefontein, Bloemhof,” 1988.

 

Photograph:

Santu Mofokeng Foundation/Lunetta Bartz, Maker, Johannesburg

 

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer of Apartheid Life, Dies at 63

His sublime black-and-white images of everyday life in South Africa

both during and after white rule

capture hope and unfulfilled expectations.

Feb. 12, 2020

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/
arts/santu-mofokeng-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santu Mofokeng    1956-2020

 

South African

news and documentary photographer

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/feb/04/
south-african-photographer-santu-mofokeng-in-pictures

 

 

photographer

whose searing images

of everyday life

in South Africa’s black townships

documented the prospects

of freedom from apartheid

and the unfulfilled promise

of its overthrow

 

(...)

 

He had progressive

supranuclear palsy,

a degenerative brain disease

that confined him to a wheelchair

and left him unable to speak,

according to South African

news reports.

 

While Mr. Mofokeng

(pronounced MOE-foe-keng)

never considered himself

an integral part of the struggle

against apartheid,

he was steeped

in the policy’s consequences.

 

He was raised

in an impoverished household

by a single mother;

 

attended

Morris Isaacson High School,

which was a forge

for the student uprising

in Soweto in 1976

against white rule;

 

and witnessed

his younger brother

being beaten by white bullies

retaliating for the protests

against the government

and its brutal suppression

of dissent.

 

After beginning his career

as a darkroom technician,

Mr. Mofokeng plunged

into photojournalism,

covering

demonstrations and strikes

and the police’s

implacable response

— all of which attracted

international attention,

especially as documented

by television cameras.

 

But he developed a thirst

for more perspective

than the daily deadlines

could deliver,

and he concluded

that South Africa’s

eventual transformation

into a multiracial society

would proceed slowly enough

to be documented over time

in stark black-and-white

still photographs.

 

“While many

other photographers

have captured

the spectacle of protest,

Mofokeng has captured

the more subtle sublimity

of the body in pain,

or the body transfigured

— by political belief, by faith,”

Ashraf Jamal, a cultural critic,

wrote in Aperture.

 

“He is widely celebrated

as the spiritual painter

of South Africa’s

tormented body politic,

and his uniqueness

lies in his ability

to capture a subject’s aura,

their life hidden from view.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/
arts/santu-mofokeng-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/
arts/santu-mofokeng-dead.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/feb/04/
south-african-photographer-santu-mofokeng-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/17/
santu-mofokeng-train-church-soweto-south-africa-the-big-picture

 

 

 

 

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/
real-life-south-african-liberation-stories-santu-mofokeng/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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