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Darren Newbury

Amanda Hopkinson

Vivian Bickford-Smith, Sean Field

192 pages
100 b/w and colour ills
28.0 x 23.0 cm
11.0 x 9.0 in
ISBN13: 978 1 907317 85 9

People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited
Photographs by Bryan Heseltine

People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited offers a rich and fascinating insight into South Africa at the very beginning of the apartheid era through Bryan Heseltine's previously unpublished photography of the early 1950s.

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Heseltine’s work is replete with historical, social and political implications; yet, at the same time, these images transcend the purely documentary to earn a place in the realm of ‘art’. The photographs evidence a respect for the subjects and their urban environment that ran counter to the ideology of apartheid; and Heseltine’s sensitive approach gave visual expression to the emerging anti-apartheid sentiments of the period, a fact highlighted in the later 1950s when the images were appropriated by the emerging international anti-apartheid movement.

Darren Newbury, Professor of Photography at Birmingham City University, contextualises Heseltine’s photography through extensive biographical and socio-historical research, and situates this body of work within its contemporary context as well as asking what Heseltine’s images offer today, in the post-apartheid era. Includes a foreword from Amanda Hopkinson and contributors Vivian Bickford-Smith and Sean Field explore questions such as the relationship of the collection to memory and identity, and the place of photography in the documentation and ‘making’ of history.