Beyond the Barricades (Editors, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel and Paul Weinberg). This important collection (book and exhibition) of photographs by twenty South African photographers, mainly from the photographic collective, Afrapix, represents as written in the book, “an eloquent and searing testimony of the communal struggle as witnessed and expressed by South Africans.” It has become an indispensable anthology of popular resistance in South Africa during the 1980’s. The collection highlights one of the longest and bloodiest periods of political resistance to apartheid, a time of mass mobilization and brutal repression when taking of images was often a matter of life and death. This digital collection is from the book, the full collection is housed in Special Collections, UCT Libraries.
Cordoned Heart (Editor and Curator, Omar Badsha). This collection of images were taken by 28 photographers for the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in 1983. The exhibition toured South Africa and different parts of the world. In many ways it was something like The Farm Security Administration Project that took place in USA in the 1930s. The photographic essays explored, as the book suggested, ‘beyond the cordon thrown by the apartheid state into the heart of this complex and deeply troubled society.’ It was, at the time, the largest documentary project that examined poverty and development in South Africa and has become a milestone in the visual history of our country. The full physical collection is housed in Special Collections, UCT Libraries and this selection here is what appeared in the book.