The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

Apartheid In (Mostly) Black-And-White

10/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In South Africa, apartheid institutionalized racial segregation in every facet of life and the struggle against it took many forms. From the outset, photography was a critical element both in documenting the impact of the system and the resistance to it.

The International Center of Photography has put together an extraordinarily wide-ranging exhibition that spans the Afrikaner nationalist ascension to power in 1948 through Nelson Mandela’s assumption of the presidency in 1993.

In Gideon Mendel’s 1984 photograph, a German shepherd guards the entrance to a Johannesburg suburb.
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