Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

Exhibition catalogue

Edited by Okwui Enwezor and Rory Bester

With a foreword by Mark Robbins and Okwui Enwezor; essays by Rory Bester, Okwui Enwezor, Michael Godby, Khwezi Gule, Patricia Hayes, Achille Mbembe, Darren Newbury, Colin Richards and Andries Walter Oliphant. 

Published by Prestel
544 pages; approx. 100 color and 500 b/w images
In English
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Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

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In the press

Rise and Fall of Apartheid - Article in the NY Times

"Photography is the common language of modern history. It's everywhere; and everyone, in some way, understands it." (The New York Times) MORE


Okwui Enwezor: Rise and Fall of Apartheid

The essay offers a comprehensive overview of the pictorial response to apartheid in South Africa. MORE


Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Bibliography

Extensive bibliography on the subject of apartheid with a focus on photography, fiction and autobiography as well as academic publications. MORE


Sir Sidney Kentridge

An interview with the renowned antiapartheid activist lawyer Sir Sydney Kentridge. He played a leading role in a number of the most significant political trials in apartheid era, including the 1977 inquest of Stephen Biko following his death in custody, was a member of Nelson Mandela's legal team during his 27-year imprisonment, and helped erode the legacy of apartheid laws in South Africa. MORE

FAZ Article on "Rise and Fall of Apartheid"

Review of the exhibition "Rise and Fall of Apartheid" in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" on March 5, 2013. (In German) MORE


William Kentridge: Tide table

"Tide Table" is one of ten films by South African artist William Kentridge that "Rise and Fall of Apartheid" shows in its own cinema. MORE


Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Interview with Peter Magubane

Interview with Peter Magubane, one of South Africa’s most distinguished photo journalists. MORE


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Rise and Fall of Apartheid



"Soweto Uprising" – Readymade and photographs

Kendell Geers' readymade "Untitled, 1976" is a mortuary register listing the name of a young boy who was killed during the Soweto Uprising – an event captured also in numerous photographs in the exhibition "Rise and Fall of Apartheid". MORE


Worksheets for "Rise and Fall of Apartheid"

The material encourages students to focus on different topics while viewing the exhibition and to stimulate their further discussion. MORE


Exhibition program on video

A video containing brief visual descriptions of current exhibitions. MORE