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Soweto Today

Schadeberg, J

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During the early fifties the well-known photographer Schadeberg spent many hours, days and nights in Orlando Township which was the core of what is now Soweto. His colleagues and friends lived with their families in their matchbox houses. He usually picked up one of his friends early in the morning and sometimes they ended up in a shebeen or at a party.
At that time Soweto was a sad, dull and lonely place. Now, 50 years later, Schadeberg has rediscovered Soweto, a place of dynamic energy.
This collection of photographs does not attempt to be a social documentary detailing significant aspects of a society. “That is something I might do in the future,” says Schadeberg. Soweto Today is a glimpse of the energy and imagination of a society born out of deprivation and neglect, deep poverty and unemployment.


Jurgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director on Drum Magazine. It was during this time that Jurgen photographed pivotal moments in the lives of South Africans in the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of South Africans during Apartheid and include important figures in South Africa’s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo, Huddleston and many others who have been documented at key moments such as during The Defiance Campaign of 1952, The Treason Trial of 1958, The Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960.

Additional Information

Publisher Proteaboekhuis
Release date 30 Nov 2000
Skrywer Schadeberg, J
Dimensies 280 x 276 x 280 cm
Formaat Hardeband
Bladsye 99
isbn 9781919825724
Genre Fotografie

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