Image in News and Events box by Paul Weinberg: "Take Me a Photo," Durban beach, 1995
Then & Now: Eight South African Photographers may be the largest exhibit of photographs ever seen at Duke. The eight photographers whose work is included in the exhibit each contributed 20 prints, 10 made under apartheid and 10 from the post-apartheid period. Shot in both black and white and color, the photographs are of subjects ranging from South African exiles in Europe, to life in the townships, to the first election in 1994. The 160 images that make up the show will be shared among five campus venues.
About one-third of the work will be on display at Perkins Library in the Special Collections Gallery. The Center for Documentary Studies (1317 W. Pettigrew Street) will exhibit another third, and the rest of the images will be divided among the 2nd floor gallery at the Allen Building, the Divinity Library, and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program (2114 Campus Drive).
Curated by South African photographer Paul Weinberg whose work is archived at Duke, Then & Now was funded by the Conference, Workshop and Cultural Initiative (CWCI) Fund, a European Union-South Africa partnership program, and Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, which holds a complete set of the prints. The original exhibit opened 10 September 2007 at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown, South Africa, and is now traveling South Africa.
Then & Now opens on 31 March at Duke at all venues except the Center for Documentary Studies, where the opening is set for 18 April. The show closes at the Special Collections Gallery on July 27; the closing dates at the other venues will vary.
The opening reception is set for 2 April, from 5:30-7:30pm, at Perkins Library in the Biddle Rare Book Room. Speakers will include Karin Shapiro, visiting associate professor in the Department of History; Kay-Robert Volkwijn, activist and retired minister; Karen Jean Hunt, director of the John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African American Documentation; and South African singer/songwriter Roger Lucey, whose music was banned by the apartheid government.
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