O'Sullivan Road

03.26.14 Manenberg

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Manenberg_8309Debby, Zipoorah, Meezie and Zobie Lottering.Manenberg_9306

Debby and Luna, neighbors.

Manenberg_7545Ashwin, 19, a member of the Hard Livings gang.

Manenberg_7473Ashwin and his mother, Charmaine, right.

Manenberg_7943While the row houses are renovated, residents live in shipping containers.

Manenberg_8721Full moon, Manenberg.






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March 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

11.26.13 DRC: Inkisi

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KIN_2468Bookshelf in the Kamena home. Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 2012.

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November 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

08.26.13 DRC Archive Project: LEMA

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Studio Photo LESS
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo c. 1970.
© Lema Mpeve Mervil

 Read more about this project here.


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August 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

08.12.13 Cherokee: Soco Road

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Earlier this year I began visiting the Cherokee Reservation in the western hills of North Carolina. I’m drawn to intersections of cultural politics, geography and historical events that have marginalized communities and individuals. This interest has led me to the townships of South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and now western North Carolina. I don’t know what Cherokee will reveal to me about itself, or about myself. The history of the Cherokee people and the lands on which they live is deep and complicated and still unfolding, as is the history of the ways they have been represented.

terrain-lines_2q3e9QgvL6ETerrain (Lines). Cherokee, NC.
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Cherokee_0181Entering Cherokee on Soco Road. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

Cherokee_0163New Railing. Cherokee, NC. August 2013.

(Earlier posts on this topic can be seen here.)

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August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

07.17.11 DRC: Inkisi

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When I read about Obama’s promising initiative called “Powering Africa” in the New York Times yesterday, I thought about the nights I spent in Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo, watching my hosts cook dinner with the light of an LED lamp. Similar to the Headlamp Series, the images below capture glimpses of typically public scenes that seem to become intimate and private in the dark. I can only imagine how this courtyard will be transformed when the electricity works through the night.

KIN_2650Mother and Daughter. 2012.KIN_2648

Mamie. 2012.

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July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

07.11.13 DRC: Peniel at Home

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peniel Katembera at home.


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July 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

06.09.13 Gordon Parks & Burt Glinn

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A recent NYTimes Lens Blog featured the photographic work of Gordon Parks and an essay by Maurice Berger about Joanne Wilson, a truly remarkable woman whose strength in the face of oppression has been, until now, largely unheralded. The post reminded me of the picture below, which I discovered while visiting Elena Glinn. The image captures Gordon Parks, Burt Glinn and Elena–three exceptional and influential individuals in their own right.

130502_GP&BG_7633Gordon Parks, Burt Glinn and Elena Glinn at the opening of Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans by Roland L. Freeman at the International Center of Photography. New York, 1981. Photograph by John Abrams.