PHOTO / South African photographer Santu Mofokeng recently died at the age of 63. His image essays from the time during and after apartheid, however, live on.


In November last year I participated in the judging of Aperture's annual Photobook Awards under the Paris Photo. We were to announce the winner of this year's photo book, and one of the books we should consider was Stories av Santu Mofokeng. His latest book – or rather books, then Stories constitutes 21 booklets – was collected in a box.

Santu Mofokeng: Stories
Santu Mofokeng: Stories. 21 booklets, limited edition.

Browsing through his photo essays depicting the time during and after the apartheid regime was a powerful and moving experience. The book was published last year, as it was 25 years since Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa.

Mofokeng, who was born and raised in Soweto, poetically portrayed the lives of the people who lived in opposition to the regime. He started as an assistant in the darkroom of several newspapers before he became part of Afrapix, a collective of photographers that was established to. . .

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