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Women by Women: 50 Years of Women’s Photography in South Africa


This book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March on the Union Buildings. It provides a dramatic and unprecedented showcase of photographic talent, from the early pioneers of social documentary, including Anne Fischer and Constance Stuart Larrabee, to the challenging images created by women in South Africa today.

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Fifty years after the historic Women’s March of 9 August 1956, South African women occupy a different world. They are active and successful in all spheres of public life, despite the gender inequalities that persist, and some are professional photographers extraordinaire – in news, press, art, fashion. Black women photographers have claimed their space.

Women by Women shows women in all manner of roles – as farmers, fashion models, businesswomen, workers, prostitutes, health care professionals, artists, performers, prisoners, healers and religious leaders. It pictures women as poor and rich, urban and rural, giving birth and dying, enjoying their families and mourning their losses. The subjects are famous and unknown, loved and abused, you and old. They belong to all races, creeds and cultures. Straight or gay, they assert their sexuality, with some turning the objectifying male gaze on its head.


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Hardcover, 27x27cm, 272pp