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Graeme Williams July 29, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Africa.
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Concordia, South Africa 2005

Graeme Williams (b. 1961. South Africa) was contracted by Reuters to cover South Africa’s transition to ANC rule in 1989. Two years later he began working with the Southern African documentary collective, Afrapix and later went on to become a founding member and manager of South Photographs Agency. His work is housed in permanent collections around the world including; The South African National Gallery, The Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology, Duke University and The Finnish School of Photography. He has staged solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, New York and Paris and has contributed to many combined exhibitions including the 2011 Figures and Fictions exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Four books of his photographs have been published and he has worked for publications worldwide, including National Geographic Magazine, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and Photography magazine (UK).

About the Photograph:

“This photograph was taken in Concordia, a small town in a dusty, semi-desert area in the north-west of South Africa. It forms part of a body of work called The Edge of Town. I traveled to more than one hundred towns throughout South Africa over a period of more then four years. This photograph and the others that make up the series, use a layering effect, in which multiple activities are captured within the frame. This montage of activities intentionally creates a tension and a sense of distorted space but also mirrors the multi-faceted process of change within the country.”

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