Through a Black South African’s Lens

The Wall Street Journal | William Meyers:


‘And he did all this between 21 and 26,” said Lynn Gumpert, still incredulous. The director of New York University’s Grey Art Gallery motioned to the exhibition of 120 photographs by Ernest Cole that surrounded us. A black South African in the era of apartheid, Cole (1940-1990) early on determined to document the brutal reality of his country’s racial policies. 

‘House of Bondage’ (1967) The Ernest Cole Family Trust/ Courtesy of the Hasselblad Foundation

His precocity and energy are evident in the show and, since it was illegal to photograph much of what he shot, so are his courage and cunning. Exile was the reward for his success…


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