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Moira Forjaz: Mozambique 1975/1985 – A Photographic Essay of Life-changing Historical Moments and Intimate Portraits

Joe Slovo

Moira ForjazJacana Media is proud to present Moira Forjaz: Mozambique 1975/1985 – a collection of forgotten photographs of Mozambique’s history:

Moira’s photographs feature striking episodes of colonial history, including the anti-apartheid struggle, the battle for Zimbabwe and the national reconstruction in Mozambique. But what makes this book truly remarkable is that it brings a personal note to historical episodes, adding humour and a human touch.

Of particular note are the series on Ilha de Moçambique, miners and cotton, and also the images of Samora Machel addressing a rally. There are touching photographs of Ruth First, Joe Slovo and Graça Machel.

“There is a photograph of Moira’s that I look at daily and sometimes even hourly. It hangs on the wall of my study opposite my desk. If I need to think, if I’m having trouble framing a word or a sentence or even trying to work out what I really want to say, I look up from my computer and I am drawn to that image.

It’s a photograph of Ruth First, smiling with the light in her hair: the last photograph ever taken of her. Even after all these years since my mother’s death, every time I look at the photo, I remember her as she could be then: full of light and full of life. How wonderful to know that this is how she was hours before they killed her.”Gillian Slovo

Many of the photographs in this book have been printed for the first time as they always existed as negatives, kept in a shoebox, forgotten, until now.

View a few of the images on Flickr:

Moira Forjaz


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