Casting Shadows: Images from a New South Africa

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"South Africa is in the midst of dramatic transformation. For its communities of color - long cast in the role of shadow to the white population - this is a time when identities and borders are in the process of redefinition. In this body of photographic work, Edward West uses the metaphorical power of shadow to foreground the shifting visibility of South Africa's black population post apartheid." "In focusing on the private moments of these newly empowered people within their own communities, West has created a complex, visually compelling study ...
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"South Africa is in the midst of dramatic transformation. For its communities of color - long cast in the role of shadow to the white population - this is a time when identities and borders are in the process of redefinition. In this body of photographic work, Edward West uses the metaphorical power of shadow to foreground the shifting visibility of South Africa's black population post apartheid." "In focusing on the private moments of these newly empowered people within their own communities, West has created a complex, visually compelling study of the ways in which identity is inextricable linked to environment. With the authenticity of full frame street photography, the images reveal moments in which the gesture - of people, place and shadow - becomes an essential way of knowing." "This work bears testimony that there is much to be found in the shadow - if we are willing to enter the darkness."--BOOK JACKET.
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In this his first book, West (Sch. of Art and Design, Univ. of Michigan) seeks to capture in photographs the marginalized existence of South Africa's people of color. His photographic technique and the quality of the images are exceptional. Yet the volume's conceptual emptiness induces unease a feeling not placated even by the eloquence of essays by Mongane Wally Serote (To Every Birth Its Blood and numerous other works) and Lemuel Johnson (The Devil, the Gargoyle, and the Buffoon) or Leslie King-Hammond's revealing interview with West. For all their beauty and conviction, these writings mainly editorialize and praise a work of genius that the remaining pages of the volume do not reveal. West's subjects appear well prepared for the camera, their shaded faces always contemplative. That is the look of the photographer's South Africa, not of South Africa itself, and the metaphor of the shadow dissipates in the real shadow of the book's intellectual gimmickry. Recommended only for the largest metropolitan libraries. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780295981185
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Foreword 7
Out of the Shadows/Into the Light: The Art and Photography of Edward West 9
Images: Opportunities and Tribulations 19
The Shadow of a Truthful Lie 23
Excerpt from Tsotsi 28
Plates 30
Excerpt from Tsotsi 92
Checklist 96
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