Hasan and Hussein Essop zoom out and contextualise the most burning topic of the day, xenophobia. These rising stars from Cape Town focus on their hometown, and its Islamic affairs, in photographically ingenious ways. They realise an almost impossibly vast depth of field that allows the inquisitive viewer to enjoy human quirks in the foreground and scrutinise the background to fear of the strange. Reviewed by GABRIEL CROUSE.
James Oatway has taken the kind of photograph that will be remembered for at least a generation and possibly more. The stabbing, in Alexandra, of Emmanuel Sithole will be printed indelibly in the annals of South African history. The image provokes classical questions about the ethics of photography and urgent questions about the state of our nation. It is the epitome of journalistic photography. An exceptionally telling moment whose consequences both immediate and remote are beyond individual control has been arrested, preserved and printed out repeatedly. History caught in a flash.
If you are in Johannesburg and looking for “what next”, consider engaging with the photographic work of Hasan and Hussein Essop, the Standard Bank young artists of 2014, whose latest collection, UNREST, opened for exhibition on 21 April after years of …
Source : Daily Maverick