A selection of books from South African photographers, in no particular order:
Golden Youth by Oliver Kruger (2015)
Size: 24.5 x 30.5 cm
Hardcover, 74 pages
Text: Sean O’Toole
Publisher: L’Artiere (Italy)
Subjectively, Objective (Volume 31) by Vincent Bezuidenhout (2017)
Volume 31 of Subjectively Objective’s Mini Monograph series, featuring Vincent Bezuidenhout. Limited Edition of just 50 copies, now sold out.
Twenty Journey by Sipho Mpongo, Sean Metelerkamp and Wikus de Wet (2015)
In 2014, twenty years after democracy, three young South African photographers travelled throughout their homeland to examine to what extent Nelson Mandela’s vision had been achieved.
The year was a significant one to make a journey of personal and societal enquiry into what it means to be a South African; The nation’s guardian Nelson Mandela had most recently passed away, a new young and energetic political party had recently emerged in the EFF, and the 2014 National Elections were imminent.
Each photographer focused on a particular theme:
- Wikus de Wet, an Afrikaner from Bloemfontein, looked to discover the relationship between land and the people who occupy it.
- Sipho Mpongo, a Xhosa from Nqamakwe, documented the ‘Born Free’ generation – those born after the fall of Apartheid.
- Sean Metelerkamp, an English-speaking South African from Knysna, sought to capture the idiosyncrasies – the alien and absurd realities of his country.
The diversity of each photographers cultural background, experience and chosen theme, collects fragments that together frame the realities of contemporary South Africa. Twenty Journey was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign wherein 134 backers pledged $12,402.
Stretched out over 7 months, this sum enabled the photographers to travel in a motor-home and reflect the magnificently puzzled country that binds them.
First Edition limited to 250 copies (Sold Out)
90 pages, 260 x 182mm
Edited by Sarah-Claire Picton
Designed by Hanno van Zyl
An award winning documentary, The Journeymen was also released.
1991 by Kent Andreasen (2015)
A self-published book by Cape Town photographer, Kent Andreaen (named after the year in which he was born). Featuring images shot between 2012 and 2014.
Colour Offset, Edition of 100
96 Pages, 15 x 24 cm
The Southern Wild by Emile Kotze (2017)
Published by ARTSKWL
Text by Haidee Kruger
“The Southern Wild is a project that I never really planned. I just started photographing again about two years ago and the book is what I have to show. It’s basically an exploration of the strange, found within the familiar South African landscape.” – Emile Kotze
Previously self-published a book titled Cars & Bars in 2008.
*NOTE: Not all mentioned publications feature film photography.
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