'Chasing Shadows' (2011)

'Chasing Shadows' (2011)

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Santu Mofokeng

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 From the publisher:

"The first monograph on the major South African photographer Santu Mofokeng offers a visual record of the complexities of a multi-layered society, from the apartheid era to the time thereafter. Published to coincide with a major travelling retrospective on one of South Africa’s most acclaimed photographers, this book brings together an exceptional selection of Santu Mofokeng’s photographic essays from within that country and beyond. Chasing Shadows takes an undaunted look at the last thirty years in and out of South Africa: everyday life in the townships, the lives of tenant farmers, images of religious rituals, along with his most recent project Radiant Landscapes. This volume features the finest examples of Mofokeng’s black-and-white as well as colour images. The book also includes essays, related archival documents that bring the photographs into historic context, and an extensive interview with the photographer, making this volume the definitive book on Mofokeng’s eloquent and timely work."

Chasing Shadows is part of a selection of books available from proto~ that coincides with Sean O’Toole’s research exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! at A4 Arts Foundation, from February 11 to April 29, 2022.

There is to all Santu Mofokeng’s (1956–2020) works a quotidian quietude – the artist looking not to political drama but to life’s minutiae. The tumult of the times, Mofokeng believed, need not be made explicit in photographs. Rather, he suggested, “the violence is in the knowing”; latent in the very places and people he pictured.

28.7 x 24.5 cm | hardcover