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Join Reiner Leist for the Launch of Another Country: South Africa New Portraits

Another Country: South Africa: New PortraitsJacana Media invites you to the launch of Reiner Leist’s Another Country: South Africa New Portraits at the Johannesburg Art Gallery on Sunday 11 May at 4 PM.

Another Country, South Africa: New Portraits gives an unvarnished account of what has changed in the country through the lens of existing photographs. A follow-up to Leist’s Blue Portraits, which was published in 1993 on the eve of the first democratic elections, Another Country includes black-and-white portraits that are followed by new colour portraits of the original participants, but also of surviving sons or daughters, a grandson, a new bearer of the office to the same site.

An exhibition that includes these portraits is running until 13 July at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

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About the book

Since 1988, more than 200 South Africans have shared their perspectives on the country and their personal histories with me, and I feel I owe these encounters and stories for almost everything to do with my adult view of the world. In collaboration, each participant chose a background for a portrait in black and white, 73 of which were published in 1993, on the eve of the nation’s first democratic elections, as Blue Portraits. In 2009, I began to re-visit the participants, asking for an unvarnished account of what had changed, both for them personally and in their homeland, through the lens of the original photographs. Here, in Another Country, black-and-white portraits are followed by new colour portraits of the participants or, in some cases, of surviving sons or daughters, a grandson, a new bearer of an office or position, or a visitor to the same site. The images are accompanied by edited versions of new interviews. In the editing process, I tried to preserve a sense of the words as spoken, and to offer the reader an experience as listener, in a bound collection of the visual and verbal stories of many of my teachers. I remain a student of their humanity and of the South African landscape.

About the author

Reiner Leist emigrated from West Germany to South Africa in 1988, where he stayed until 1994 and then took up residence in the United States. He studied Visual Arts and Photography in Munich, Cape Town and New York.

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