Living Apart.
South Africa Under Apartheid.

Photographs by Ian Berry. Text by Chris Boot.
Phaidon Press, London, 1996. 256 pp., 214 duotone illustrations, 10x11½".

At seventeen, years before he would become a member of Magnum, Ian Berry left England for South Africa where he began one of the longest on-going photojournalistic projects of our times--documenting life within apartheid, and ultimately documenting its collapse. His images are of a caliber set by the Magnum agency's masters Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and George Rodger. Every scene depicts distinct and often contradictory presences, people emotionally engaged in some moment revealing the broader outline of history--a black worker wheeling inanely expressive white mannekins past a jeering older black woman, black boy playing a cigar-box guitar in the doorway of his burnt out home, wrinkled white prospectors looking off towards the horizon during the last diamond rush. An important visual document, Living Apart is as strong an historical resource as a work of art.

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