Ernest Cole - Photographer

  • Published by Hasselblad Foundation and STEIDL, 2010
  • Hardcover, Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in silver on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket
  • 26.3 x 24.3 cm, 264 pp., with 116 duotone plates
  • Photographs by Ernest Cole. Edited and with text by Gunilla Knape. Essays by Struan Robertson and Ivor Powell. Includes technical notes and a selected bibliography.

This book will for the first time enable Ernest Cole to be seen in the perspective of international photography where he surely deserves an honoured place, not simply for his remarkable courage and determination in the face of state oppression but for the perceptiveness of his seeing eye and his ability to put what he saw into photographs of remarkable rigour, subtlety and elegance. These qualities were often subordinated to the need for the strongest possible anti-apartheid statement in his acclaimed book House of Bondage, published in 1967. 

Many of the photographs have never been published before and others, which were cropped in the book for their maximum political effect, will now be seen un-cropped for the first time. Ernest Cole – The Photographer accompanies an exhibition with the same title, produced by the Hasselblad Foundation.

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