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Guide to the Paul Weinberg Photographs, 1979-2007

Summary

South African born documentary photographer. Collection contains over 400 black-and-white and color prints from several of Weinberg's exhibits and books on Southern Africa and other regions. Titles of projects include: Travelling Light; The Moving Spirit; In Search of the San; Going Home; Once We Were Hunters; Kosi Bay; Working the Land & Back to the Land; and Durban: Impressions of an African City. The photographs document rural indigenous communities and urban culture in several African countries; events photographed include religious celebrations and rituals, a poetry festival, and South Africa's first democratic elections (1994). Also included high-resolution scans of photographs in the collection. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01358
Title
Paul Weinberg photographs
Date
1979-2007
Extent
15 Linear Feet, 24 boxes; 10 CD-Rs; 1 oversize folder, 434 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

South African-born documentary photographer. Collection contains over 400 black-and-white and color prints, printed in both darkroom and digital formats, from several of Weinberg's exhibits and books on Southern Africa and other regions. Titles of projects include: Travelling Light; The Moving Spirit; In Search of the San; Going Home; Once We Were Hunters; Kosi Bay; Working the Land & Back to the Land; and Durban: Impressions of an African City.

The photographs document rural indigenous communities and urban culture in several African countries; events photographed include religious celebrations and rituals, a poetry festival and South Africa's first democratic elections (1994).

Also included is an oversize publicity poster for the "Moving Spirit" project, and high-resolution scans of the photographs in the collection; the CD-ROMs have been separated from teh collection and their contents mounted on the library server.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (2006-0119), 1979-2007

Accession contains black-and-white and color prints from photographer Paul Weinberg's exhibits and books on Southern African peoples, cultures, social conditions, and landscapes. Titles of projects and books in this collection: Travelling Light; The Moving Spirit; In Search of the San; Going Home; Once We Were Hunters; Kosi Bay; Working the Land & Back to the Land; and Durban-Impressions of an African City. Photographs document rural indigenous communities and urban culture in several African countries. There is also an oversize color exhibit poster related to the "Moving Spirit" project.

Also included are 10 CD-ROMs containing high-resolution scans of photographs in the collection. These disks have been removed from the collection and migrated to the library's electronic records server.

Travelling Light, 1979-2004, Special Edition
(17x22 inches, 13 b/w digital prints on Hahnemuhle Inkjet Fine Art Paper (640267-501 Photo Rag 308 gm2))

A 25 year retrospective of Paul’s photography in Southern Africa.

Box 1
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 13 b/w digital prints)
Box 2
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 13 b/w digital prints)
Box 3
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 13 b/w digital prints)
Box 4
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 13 b/w digital prints)
Box 5
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 13 b/w digital prints)
Box 6
Travelling Light, Special Edition
(17x22, 14 b/w digital prints))
Box 7
The Moving Spirit
(16 ½ x 23 ½ inches, 18 b/w digital prints)

Photographs of religious rituals and spiritual practices in Africa.

Box 8
The Moving Spirit
(16 ½ x 23 ½ inches, 18 b/w digital prints)
Box 9
The Moving Spirit
(16 ½ x 23 ½ inches, 20 b/w digital prints)
Box 10
The Moving Spirit, color exhibition poster, 2007
(33 1/8 x 23 3/8 inches)

Entitled "Moving Spirit: Spirituality in Southern Africa," this poster publicized the exhibit held from June through September, 2007, at the South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town. The black-and-white Weinberg photograph used on the poster shows a man in religious robes standing in a body of water, and is titled "At prayer, Zion Church sect, Inhaca Island, Mozambique."

Oversize-folder 1
In Search of the San, 1984-1997
(12x16 inches, 22 b/w silver prints)

Photographs of Africa’s first people, the San.

Box 11
In Search of the San, 1984-1997
(8x10, 20 b/w silver prints)
Box 12
Going Home, 1984-1989
(8x10 inches, 8 ¾ x 12 7/8 inches, 18 b/w silver prints)

Photographs of Pietermaritzburg, the neighborhood where Weinberg was raised

Box 13
Going Home, 1984-1989
(8x10, 8 ¾ x 12 7/8, 16 b/w silver prints)
Box 14
Going Home, 1984-1989
(8x10, 8 ¾ x 12 7/8, 17 b/w silver prints)
Box 15
Once We Were Hunters, 1999
(10x15 inches, 21 digital color prints)

Photo and textual documentation of seven indigenous groups and their relationship to the land.

Box 16
Once We Were Hunters, 1999
(10x15, 21 digital color prints)
Box 17
The Culture of Cricket, 2002 October-December
(12x16 inches, 10 b/w silver prints)

Depicts the culture of cricket in South Africa, urban to rural.

Box 18
Khekhekhe Mtetwa: The story of a Zulu Family, 2000-2002
(12x16 inches, 17 b/w silver prints.)

Photographs of Khekhekhe Mtetwa, a famous sangoma (traditional healer) in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Box 18
Kosi Bay, 1987-1995
(10 ½ x 15 ¼, 11 ½ x 15, and 12x16 inches, 20 b/w silver prints)

Images are of a community of fishermen located on the Mozambique border of Kwa Zulu Natal. This project received the Mother Jones Documentary Award in 1983.

Box 19
Kosi Bay, 1993
(10 ½ x15 ¼, 11 ½ x15, 12x16, 10 b/w silver prints)
Box 20
Working the Land & Back to the Land, 1980s
(12 x 15 ¾ inches, 10 b/w silver prints)

Weinberg took these photographs while working at the Environmental and Development Agency (EDA) as photographer and picture editor.

Box 20
Working the Land & Back to the Land, 1980s
(12x15 ¾, 10 b/w silver prints)
Box 21
Durban: Impressions of an African City, 1995-2002
(10 x 14 ¼ inches, 16 digital color prints)
Box 22
Durban: Impressions of an African City, 1995-2002
(10 x 14 ¼ inches, 17 digital color prints)
Box 23
An End to Waiting, 1994
(11 ¾ x 16 ½ inches, 20 b/w digital prints)

Signed special edition. These photographs were taken during the first South African democratic election from February to May, 1994.

Box 24
Poetry Africa, 2003 April
(12x16 inches, 10 b/w silver prints)

Photographs were taken at the annual Poetry Africa festival in Durban, South Africa.

Box 24
In Search of the San
Data-cd 1
Travelling Light
Data-cd 1
Once We Were Hunters - Mozambique and Namibia
Data-cd 2
Once We Were Hunters - Bushmen - Namibia
Data-cd 3
Once We Were Hunters - Kenya and Maputuland
Data-cd 4
Once We Were Hunters - Kenya
Data-cd 5
Once We Were Hunters - Zimbabwe and Richtersveld
Data-cd 6
Impressions of an African City
Data-cd 7
Elections
Data-cd 8
The Moving Spirit - Part One
Data-cd 9
The Moving Spirit - Part Two
Data-cd 10
 

Historical Note

Paul Weinberg is a South African-born documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educator, and archivist. He began his career in the early 1980s by working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign newspapers.

He was a founding member of Afrapix and South, the collective photo agencies that gained local and international recognition for their uncompromising role in documenting apartheid, and popular resistance to it. From 1990 onwards he increasingly concentrated on feature rather than news photography.

His documentary work has been widely exhibited and published. In addition, he has served as the curator, coordinator, and mentor for many photographic projects involving the work of other South African photographers.


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Provenance

The Paul Weinberg photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Glynn, March 2008

Encoded by John Mayrose, March 2008. Additional description enhancement by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, January 2017.

Accession(s) represented in this finding aid: 2006-0119.

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.