Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Bang Bang Club

I've not read it yet, but will hopefully acquire it by the weekend. I'm going to assume most of you are familiar with the infamously named Bang Bang Club, that intrepid band of photographers operating under the last vestiges of the apartheid regime in South Africa. The reviews at Amazon are pretty enthusiastic, save for those complaining about the photo reproduction quality in the latest edition- a legitimate gripe I suppose, although not necessarily the reason one would buy such a paperback in the first place. Anyway, look forward to reading it, and perhaps seeing the movie (maybe).

There's a short documentary here, although somewhat difficult to understand for my American trained ear.


Mark Page said...

I lent my copy to someone and can't remember who.Bugger.

Stan B. said...

Maybe you left it on the desk of our former Expiration Notice office headquarters. Can't tell ya how much stuff I "lost" there- told ya we should have paid the interns.

Tom White said...

It's an astonishing read. The remarkable thing for me was how honest and self critical it came across as being, and how well it placed these photographer's lives in the context of the events they were reporting on. It is as much about the situation in South Africa at the time as it is about their personal stories. Good stuff. I'm not surprised it's regarded as an essential read.