JO'BURG. Photographs and text by Guy Tillim. Filigranes Editions/STE Publishers, South Africa, 2005. 126 pp. Octavo (small size). First edition. SIGNED on title page. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards. Bound accordion style. No jacket as issued. Color reproductions.
"In his book Jo’burg released by Filigranes Editions and STE Publishers in 2005, his subject was blocks of high rise apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa and the struggle of the low income residents in their pursue of a better life. These buildings, mostly occupied by the flow of black residents after the 1990’s 'white flight' from the inner city, had been abandoned by their owners and left in the hands of corrupt managing agents. The void of oversight allowed the corrupt agents to abscond with the tenant’s money that was intended for paying for rent and utilities, thus leaving all responsibility on the residents to manage the upkeep of the buildings and somehow pay the utilities on their own.
"Tillim gives us an often intimate look into this community as their surroundings fall into disrepair and the residents are eventually evicted due to the perceived fire hazards and unpaid bills. His camera describes the condition of neglect evident in bedrooms and hallways and the despairing but not defeated faces of the residents. Eventually towards the end of the book’s sequence, the red jump-suited "Red Ants" city workers move in to evict the tenants and empty the buildings of all their belongings"--Jeff Ladd, 5B4, 2008
Fine-; wear at extremities; faint spot edge of title page.