Photographs by Ernest Cole.
Steidl/Hasselblad Foundation, 2010. 256 pp., 120 tritone illustrations, 10½x11½".
This book will for the first time enable Ernest Cole to be seen in the perspective of international photography where he
surely deserves an honoured place, not simply for his remarkable courage and determination in the face of state
oppression but for the perceptiveness of his seeing eye and his ability to put what he saw into photographs of
remarkable rigour, subtlety and elegance. These qualities were often subordinated to the need for the strongest
possible anti-apartheid statement in his acclaimed book House of Bondage, published in 1967. Many of the
photographs have never been published before and others, which were cropped in the book for their maximum political
effect, will now be seen un-cropped for the first time.
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