Santu Mofokeng photographed township life and the struggle against Apartheid. He is since known for his eerily empty and beautiful landscapes, and often their connection to ancestral worship there.
When we meet at Mofokeng’s home in Johannesburg, he describes how he after democracy turned his camera away from the social ills of poverty and inequality. He says he realized that people living in squalor here wasn’t simply due to the racial inequalities of Apartheid but exists because market capitalism rules the day.
This video is one in a series of interviews with South African photographers about photography and democracy here – then and now.
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You can view more pictures on Santu Mofokeng’s website