This on-line exhibit consists of five sections, or galleries, which you can visit in any order:

Gold miners, wearing helmets and very hiOn the Mines   This gallery shows Bourke-White’s close study of the living and working conditions of the African migrant laborers who produced South Africa’s most valuable commodity, gold.

farms_1On the Land   In this gallery you can see Bourke-White’s photographs of rural South African life, particularly the conditions under which African and Coloured workers labored on land owned by whites.

afikaners_1Afrikaners   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.

protest_3Resistance   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.

Shanty TownMoroka 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.


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