30 Years of Photographic Essays.
Photographs by Santu Mofokeng. By Corinne Diserens. With contributions from Okwui Enwezor.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2011. 240 pp., 200 illustrations, 20 in color, 9½x11".
The first monograph on the major South African photographer Santu Mofokeng offers a visual record of the complexities of a multi–layered society, from the apartheid era to the time thereafter.
Published to coincide with a major traveling retrospective on one of South Africa’s most acclaimed photographers, this book brings together an exceptional selection of Santu Mofokeng’s photographic essays from within that country and beyond. Chasing Shadows takes an undaunted look at the last thirty years in and out of South Africa: everyday life in the townships, the lives of tenant farmers, images of religious rituals, along with his most recent project “Radiant Landscapes.” This volume features the finest examples of Mofokeng’s black and- white as well as color images. The book also includes essays, related archival documents that bring the photographs into historic context, and an extensive interview with the photographer, making this volume the definitive book on Mofokeng’s eloquent and timely work.