Shaun Smillie: Dailymaverick
Wits University Professor Revil Mason turned 90 in February, and to celebrate his life’s work an exhibition has been organised at the Origins Centre.
On a wall in the Origins Centre at Wits University, Professor Revil Mason’s big discovery is on a loop. The faded colour film captures vistas of the Kaokoveld desert as rain clouds gather on the horizon.
It is just before the rains come, and a 25-year-old Mason is heading up the Brandberg mountain range in Namibia looking for San rock art. The young archaeologist was shooting his expedition on a 16 mm Kodachrome camera with what was still rare then, colour film. …Read More