Friday, September 12, 2014

The apartheid photography of Ernest Cole

"Artists will stop making art about race when racism ends. I won’t be here when that happens, and you won’t either. But in the early 1960s, a brash, South African photographer in his 20s named Ernest Cole thought he just might be, once his pictures of his racially sundered homeland got out into the world. By the time he died in New York, homeless and street-stunned, some two decades later, he probably knew better."

"It’s the young, on-fire artist we meet in “Ernest Cole: Photographer” at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, a show of harsh, solemn work buoyed up by a will to believe."

Read the review by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, and then have a look at the photographs themselves.

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