Periods of strife and conflict are in large part tragic, but for a fortunate few they can present opportunity and success. For Ernest Cole, becoming one of the first black photojournalists in the history of South Africa meant that it was his eyes that would share his people’s plight with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, Cole’s work has remained largely unknown to most of the world until recently, long after his death in 1990. The exhibit at Grey Art Gallery will be one of the first substantial opportunities for Americans to view his work.
Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photo-graphs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage (1967). Organized by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Now open, the exhibit will be available for viewing until December 6.
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