Ernest Cole: Photographer

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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 rigor, subtlety and elegance

Ernest Cole, 1940-1990, born South Africa, started working as an assistant at Drum magazine in 1958. As a freelance photographer he began his seminal essay on what it meant to be black under apartheid in 1959.

In 1966, Cole left his homeland with a seven year film record of how black people endure white South Africa. His pictures are exciting, painful, infuriating, beautiful and true. The book 'House of Bondage' published in 1967 and was immediately banned from South Africa. Cole was also exiled from his home country. He lived a challenging life in America, and died in New York in 1990.  

Many of the photographs have never been published before and others, which were cropped in the book for their maximum political effect, can be seen un-cropped for the first time. This publication accompanied an exhibition with the same title, produced by the Hasselblad Foundation.

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