Mr Mkhize's Portrait & other stories of the new South AfricaAdam Broomberg
Oliver Chanarin
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A decade after the fall of apartheid and how have things changed for those living in South Africa today? The authors spent three months traversing their homeland examining the way people live, how they work, how they love and how they die. Initially commissioned for the new Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, the book brings together the many portraits that represent this new South Africa.
"We met Mr. Mkhize in a migrant worker’s hostel in a township outside Johannesburg, South Africa. He told us that he had been photographed twice before in his life. The first time was for his Passbook, a document which allowed the apartheid government to control his movements. The second was for his ID book, which allowed him to vote in the country’s first democratic elections. Ten years later we met him and took his picture."

Photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin were recently commissioned to return to their homeland to document life there 10 years after the end of apartheid. For three months they traversed the country, examining the way people live, how they work, how they love and how they die.

Through their work we learn of individuals’; aspirations and fears, such as Matapa Maila, a contestant in Miss Teen South Africa, who has no memory of apartheid; Mandllenkosi Noqhayi, a circumcision initiate who is studying to become an accountant, and Mishack Masilela, a contestant at the Miss Gay Soweto competition, who wants to be able to marry the man that he loves.

Threaded through these personal tales and glimpses of everyday life we gain an understanding of the wider issues facing South Africa today, such as the housing shortage, high unemployment, widespread violent crime, the impact of economic migrants and perhaps most significant of all, the widespread effect of the AIDS epidemic. But it is also a story of optimism and empowerment. After ten years of freedom South Africa has one of the most progressive constitution in the world and the strongest economies in Africa.
ISBN: 978-1-904563-31-0
Publication Year: 2004
Binding: Softback
Pages: 152
Format: 160 x 200
Illustrations: 82 colour
Retail Price: UK £29.99 \ US $45.99 \ EURO €35.99 \ CAN $ \ AUS $
Designer: Stephen Male
List: Photography
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are a photographic team based in London. Together they have produced three photographic books: Trust (2000) which accompanied their solo-show at The Hasselblad Center, Ghetto (2003) a collection of their work as editors and principal photographers of Colors magazine and Mr Mkhize's Portrait (2004) which documented South Africa ten years after apartheid and accompanied their solo show at The Photographers' Gallery. Together they have had
numerous international exhibitions and their work is represented in major public and private collections
including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography and Loubna Fine Art Society. They also have their own imprint, Chopped Liver Press.They were recently awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their work, War Primer 2.
AWARDS

Golden Light Award 2004
Best Documentary category

Royal Photographic Society 2004

Photo District News 2004 2004
selected as one of the ten best photography books of the year


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