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Philipp Engelhorn August 5, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa 2011

Philipp Engelhorn (b.1968, Germany) is a travel and documentary photographer. After living in New York for six years and working as a photo assistant for Russell James, Sheila Metzner and Patrick Demachelier he relocated to Hong Kong in 2002 to start his own career. Philipp freelances for OUTSIDE, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, New York Times , The Herald Tribune, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Greenpeace, Grands Reportages, Geo Saison, among others.

About the Photograph:

“I shot this image in Cape Town while working on a feature story about the notorious number gangs (26/27/28). It was hard to get access to the gang members, so the whole story took me two months to complete. Most of my time was spend in Manenberg and Gugulethu, some of the toughest Townships outside Cape Town. Known simply as Joker (a member of #28) but christened Monty this well-muscled 27 year old former convict lives and hustles for work on the streets of Cape Town. A prison sentence of six years on twenty-four separate charges including assault, drug use and selling, robbery, arms possessions, etc. saw Joker emerge a member of the 28s. He is most proud of the impressive 28 tattoos that adorns his body, and the line: Dead is a holiday with no return on his chest.”


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