Pics – Rise and Fall of Apartheid: 21 stunning images

2014-02-09 06:00

For more than 40 years, South Africa was ruled under apartheid, a Nazi-like ideology of race purity designed not just to keep blacks and whites apart, but to keep whites on top and deny all other races access to the most basic of rights, while exploiting the black majority in terms of labour.

And for more than 40 years, South Africans fought back – with words, actions and frequently with their lives.

These rare images give us a glimpse into the suffocating scope of the apartheid project, where courage met cruelty on a daily basis and the “banality of evil”, as Hannah Arendt famously described the ordinary madness of Nazi Germany, was present everywhere.

All these photographs can be seen at the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition now on at Museum Africa in Newtown, Joburg. And if you can’t get there, be a virtual visitor to these history making moments by viewing our picture galleries, to be posted throughout the exhibition’s run (details below).

Also, you could join our search for the boys in image 2 and 12 of the gallery. Do you recognise them? Email More details here.

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Fast facts: Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

» 500 photographs by 70 South African photographers

» February 13-June 29 2014

» Museum Africa, Newtown, Johannesburg

» Tuesday-Sunday, 9am to 5pm

» Entrance free

» An exhibition organised by the International Centre of Photography, New York

» Follow the exhibition on social media and join the conversation:





» Accompanying the exhibition, available from all good bookstores and online, the book Rise and Fall of Apartheid, edited by Okwui Enwezor and Rory Bester features more than 60 years of powerful photographic material that forms part of the historical record of South Africa.

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