South Africa. New Portraits.
Photographs by Reiner Leist.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2014. 256 pp., 50 color and 50 black & white illustrations, 9¼x11¾".
In Another Country Reiner Leist continues his series of South African portraits, of which the first part was published and exhibited in 1993 entitled South Africa: Blue Portraits. Since 2009 Leist has chronicled unvarnished accounts of what has changed in the lives of the individuals portrayed and in their view of the country. The now historic black and white portraits are juxtaposed with recent color portraits, but also of surviving sons or daughters, or a new office holder. The complete conversations are an essential read for a better understanding of South Africa today.
Born in Germany in 1964, Reiner Leist emigrated twice, from Germany to South Africa (1988 – 1994), and then from South Africa to the United States. His works are ongoing projects that examine the relationship between individual lives and societies, history, landscape, and architecture. Among his best-known publications is Window. Eleven Septembers (2006). Today Leist teaches Visual Art at Hunter College, City University of New York, with a focus on photography.
Raymond Ackerman, Magosuthu Buthelezi, Amina and Yusuf Cachalia, Damon Galgut, David Goldblatt, Chris Hani, Helen Joseph, William Kentridge, F. W. de Klerk, Mondli Makhanya, Nelson and Ndaba Mandela, Gcina Mhlophe, Bulelani Ngcuka, Harry and Nicky Oppenheimer, Jürgen Schadeberg, Seputla Sebogodi, Anette Seegers, Barney Simon, Jack and Mary Simons, Albertina and Walter Sisulu, Desmond Tutu, Denis Worrall and others.