This on-line exhibit consists of five sections, or galleries, which you can visit in any order:
Afrikaners These photographs illustrate Bourke-White’s encounter with one section of South Africa’s white minority, the descendants of Dutch settlers. In 1948, the Afrikaner Nationalist party came to power, and instituted a more rigid system of segregation, known as apartheid.
Resistance Bourke-White sought to capture images of the growing efforts on the part of African, Coloured, and Indian South Africans to protest the government’s new racial legislation. None of these photographs appeared in the stories published in Life in 1950.
Moroka Township As apartheid planners removed African residents from central Johannesburg, they relocated them to bleak townships and shantytowns on the fringes of the city. Bourke-White visited and documented life in one of these communities, Moroka.