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Abstracts and Content

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Book Launch Dates:

Friday 24th September

Saturday 25th September 

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Black Photo Libraries, an anthology by the Market Photo Workshop, presented in partnership with the Mail and Guardian presents a new research collection on South African photography. The ‘libraries’ presented here take the form of interviews, personal essays, eulogies, poetry, reviews, and catalogue, by seasoned photojournalists, documentary photographers, their family members, and South African writers. Through these diverse forms of narration, the book draws attention to understudied histories of the press in South Africa through the testimonies of black photojournalists who worked for newspapers and magazines such as The World, The Rand Daily Mail, Sunday Express, and Drum Magazine; as well as revisits the country’s resistance history in photography, through activist collectives such as Afrapix. Black Photo Libraries also reflects on the personal and political stakes of family and kinship, nation, and art, embodying the need to fight against forgetting our national memory. In gathering these voices, the anthology contributes to the development of a genealogy of black South African photography, cast against the long shadow of Apartheid. Our collective past is illustrated through iconic images by dedicated photographers, but there is still a struggle for compensation, copyright redress, the visibility of black women’s historic role in photography and greater social investment in the country’s archival photo legacies. Photography surfaces here, not as images, seen, but rather as remembered visual histories, spoken back into living memory.