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Roger Ballen to host solo exhibition at Los Angeles Festival of Photography

Known for his stark, unsettling images of peripheral South African figures and austere architecture, as well as his collaboration with local zef-rap band Die Antwoord, photographer Roger Ballen will be hosting a solo-exhibition, Ballenesque, at the L.A. Festival of Photography from the 18th to the 23rd of April.

Ballen, born in New York and based in Johannesburg, has published nine books on his photographic works, including Outland, Shadow Chamber, Asylum of the Birds, Platteland, Dorps and Boarding House.

Click here for more information on the exhibition.

Read an interview with Ballen on his most recent series ‘The Theatre of Apparitions’ here.


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Shadow Chamber


Asylum of the Birds






Boarding House

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Briewe uit die Tankwa deur Adriaan Oosthuizen, Leti Kleyn en Dawid Slinger: ’n Lekkerleesboek en inligtinggids

Briewe uit die TankwaDie heruitgawe van Briewe uit die Tankwa deur Leti Kleyn en Dawid Slinger, met fotografie deur Adriaan Oosthuizen, is nou beskikbaar by Protea Boekhuis:

Met kaarte en geografiese grense sal mens wel kan bepaal waar lê die Tankwa-Karoo. maar vir Adriaan Oosthuizen kry jy dié streek wanneer jy die langste grondpad tussen twee dorpe in Suid-Afrika aanpak: die pad tussen Ceres en Calvinia. Saam met Adriaan se foto’s vertel Leti Kleyn van haar besoek aan hierdie geliefde stuk land en dit word aangevul deur Dawid Slinger se vertellings en skrywes. ’n Fees vir die oog, lekkerleesboek en ’n inligtinggids ineen oor die geliefde streek wat die Tankwa-Karoo heet.

Oor die fotograaf

Adriaan Oosthuizen is van Kaapstad en neem mode-, kos-, dekor, natuur- en kunsfoto’s. Sy foto’s verskyn in boeke soos Suzelle DIY: Die boek en Deon Meyer se Ridders van die grondpad.

Oor die outeurs

Leti Kleyn is ’n navorser, ooptoegangentoesias, kennisnetwerkbestuurder en skrywer.

Dawid Slinger is boorling van die Tankwa-Karoo en tans plaasvoorman in die Bokkeveld.


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A photographic record of history: The Spirit of District Six by Cloete Breytenbach

The Spirit of District SixProtea Boekhuis is proud to present The Spirit of District Six by Cloete Breytenbach:

This year it will be 50 years ago that District Six was declared a whites only area and this publication commemorates this event in our history.

This revised edition (in a smaller format aimed at the tourist market) of this beautiful book shows poignant images from Breytenbach’s collection of District Six during the 1970s before the area was dramatically demolished by the apartheid government. It is an historical record about the inhabitants and their surroundings of that time and was compiled over a period of five years.

The Cape Town area known as District Six (so called for its geographic position on the municipal map of the city) developed into a dense residential area close to the centre of Cape Town during the second part of the nineteenth century.

Home to a diverse community with a wide range of historical origins, neglect on the part of landlords and local authorities led to the area becoming rundown. The government repeatedly directed requests to the city council and the landlords – most of whom were white and not residing in the area – to upgrade what was fast becoming a slum on the doorstep of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. On 11 February 1966, the government declared District Six a white area under the Group Areas Act, and the wholesale removal of the inhabitants was started – mainly to areas away from the city. This process took 15 years and some 60 000 people were removed.

About the author

Cloete Breytenbach embarked on his photographic career in Cape Town in 1951 on the Afrikaans-language daily Die Burger. For the better part of the next 10 years, he worked as a news photographer on various South African publications before leaving for London (The Daily Express) and Europe (on assignment for news magazines including Paris Match and Bunte). On his return to South Africa, he established a photo agency with fellow photographers to supply both local and international publications with images covering major events from the African continent and the world. These photo stories included the ground-breaking first heart transplant for Life in 1967 and conflict coverage from across Africa, including Angola, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Mozambique, Congo and South Africa.

Cloete has held photographic exhibitions in South Africa, the USA, Europe and Japan, and a collection of his images of Albert Luthuli are held in the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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