Daring photojournalists honoured

2016-06-29 06:00
SOME of the excellent work on display at the exhibition in honour of great photojournalists at the McGregor Museum.  Photos: George Motloane

SOME of the excellent work on display at the exhibition in honour of great photojournalists at the McGregor Museum. Photos: George Motloane

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IN a rare show of gratitude to members of the fourth estate, the Nelson Mandela Foundation conceived a fitting way to honour photographers who defied the apartheid hegemony in the period between 1985 and 1990.

The honour is in the form of an exhibition, Between States Of Emergencies, wherein 40 photographers are represented.

The exhibition in the Northern Cape is held in collaboration with the McGregor Museum Board who has invited members of the public and encouraged them to bring along their families to the museum to view the pictures taken in the turbulent times of 1985 to 1990.

The invitation reads: “The apartheid regime responded to soaring opposition in the mid-1980s by imposing on South Africa a series of states of emergency.

“The emergency regulations prohibited journalists from being present when police acted against protesters. Those who dared to expose the daily nationwide brutality by security forces risked being jailed.”

The exhibition was officially opened by the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in the Northern Cape, Bongiwe Mbingo-Gigaba.

In her speech the MEC said that the exhibition was intended to honour the photographers.

“The bravery of the activists opened the eyes of the world via photojournalism.

“Indeed, in the mid 1980s South Africa was in flames. The state response was to declare the state of emergency,” said Mbingo-Gigaba.

At the exhibition, visitors are taken down memory lane as pictures of well-known photojournalists of the time are displayed.

The pictures of Sam Nzima take centre stage as people recall his world-acclaimed picture of Mbuyisa Makhubo, carrying Hector Peterson, with Hector’s sister Antoinnette running beside them.

There is also a picture of the burial of Fort Calata and his two comrades where Bishop Desmond Tutu was preaching.

Those from Kimberley will have an opportunity to see pictures taken by the retired local photojournalist Vusi Tukakgomo who had the honour to be included by the museum board.

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