Photographs by Per-Anders Pettersson.
Dewi Lewis Publishing,
160 pp., 79 color illustrations, 9¾x12½".
From the ashes of a repressive, segregated, and racist state, a multi-racial nation miraculously emerged, one of the greatest success stories of the African continent. And so began Per-Anders Pettersson's love affair with South Africa. Digging beneath the myth of the 'Rainbow Nation,' he explored the complex realities of daily life. Democracy brought both rewards and new struggles. A black middle class rapidly emerged, fostering a frenzied aspirational spirit amongst the poorer urban classes. But soon disillusion began to smother these feelings of hope and aspiration. Greed and disillusion are now predominant themes in South African life.