South Africa: The Cordoned Heart

Francis Wilson, Author, Omar Badsha, Editor, Omar Badsha, Photographer W. W. Norton & Company $25 (186p) ISBN 978-0-393-02341-1
A project of the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southernstet Africa (whose activities, funded by the Carnegie Corp., included a conference in Cape Town in 1984), this collection of 136 pictures taken by 20 South African photographers poignantly documents the evils of apartheid. Wendy Schwegmann captures a black man dismantling his home in Mogopa as he prepares to be resettled by the government in his tribal ""homeland.'' Lesley Lawson shows a shabbily dressed black maid polishing a table in a lavish corporate conference room. Ben MacIennan records four black workers in their ``dormitory'' in front of tiers of concrete beds, which resemble bathtubs. The introduction and extensive commentaries by Wilson, a professor at the University of Cape Town, offer an impassioned, statistical account of the extent and horror of poverty in South Africa. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
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