Underexposed, 1940s-2007 and undated

656 prints
Scope and content:

These images by relatively unknown and "underexposed" South African photographers were collected as part of a project sponsored by the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town and photographer/curator Paul Weinberg. The photographs feature a variety of subjects, including South African political protests, family life, leisure pursuits, rural life, poverty, and work life. Some of the images were taken during the 1940s and 1950s - a significant glimpse into South African society and culture at the time.

The "Underexposed" series houses over 600 color and black-and-white prints. There are approximately 50 digital prints from each photographer, as well as a smaller number of vintage gelatin silver prints. Digital prints are 11.5x16.5 inch pigmented inkjet prints on Epson Archival Matte Paper.

Eleven photographers are represented: Rodney Barnett, Arthur Bolton, Basil Breakey, Anne Fischer, Jenny Gordon, David Hemson, Daniel Morolong, Cedric Nunn, Graeme Williams, Janje Wissema, and Gisèle Wulfsohn. The work of some of these photographers is also found in other series in this collection. Prints are grouped by photographer. The 151 prints that comprise the output of one photographer, Graeme Williams, are arranged in six topical subseries, and appear first. All other photographers are listed in alphabetical order.


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