Ernest Cole (1940–90), one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Ernest Cole Photographerfeatures 113 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photographs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage(1967). The exhibition was organized by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This out-of-print catalogue includes 113 tritone illustrations as well as an introduction by Gunilla Knape and essays by Struan Robertson and Ivor Powell.