Portraits of residents of South Afraid of apartheid

"Apartheid" with Afrikaans translates as "separateness". The period from 1948 to 1994 in the history of South Africa remained racial segregation time. The indigenous population was obliged to live in special reservations – Bantustans (by the name of the main group of tribes South Africa – Bantu). Political rights black did not have. They were not considered citizens of South Africa, in white districts could get, only having a skip to work, and taught them exclusively skills necessary for low-voltage labor. For white and black were their buses and even bus stops, and in the train a bow could only go through the third class. Shops, cinemas, toilets, hospitals, schools and cemeteries – everything was divided. Formally, indigenous Africans could even learn in universities, but graduated black doctors, respectively, and treated only black, and their knowledge was extremely low. Interracial marriages, of course, forbidden.

The more valuable these portraits made in the photographer Richard Ndimande from 1964 to 1983. Ndimande and Son Studio located in the small town of Greatown in Natal. Several times over the years she moved: first – because of the prohibitions of the government to a certain format of work, then – because customers were afraid to go to a new district, too he was a gangster even by the standards of Bantustan. Although looking at these photos, you will not see any secret tragedy in the faces. It so happened that it was the photo studio that was in the era of apartheid one of the few places where people could express themselves. This archive of images gives an idea of ​​humor, optimism and creative potential, which are in people even in very difficult conditions.

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