South Africa: The Cordoned Heart.
Essays by Twenty South African Photographers.


Edited by Omar Badsha. Introduction and text by Francis Wilson. Foreword by Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Gallery Press and W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1986. 186 pp., 133 b&w duotones, 1 map, 10½x10½".

Prepared for the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in South Africa, this book contains photo-essays by 20 South African photographers, both black and white. Collectively, they take a hard look at their troubled country and its people, concentrating on the lives of South Africa's poverty-stricken and discriminated-against black population. Lives of both the rural and urban poor are explored, not only as matters of ideology, but also in regard to how people's day to day realities are affected by having to live under an oppressive and hostile government. An eloquent and powerful statement about a people's basic human dignity and their relationship with the political structures that attempt to deny them that dignity.

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