The Easel

World-class photography, born under the roof of apartheid

Mofokeng was “man of our messy present”. Firstly a street photographer, then press photographer, his reputation blossomed as a member of a group that documented South Africa’s political life. He avoided violence, instead showing ordinary township life with “fluidity and poetry”. There is, says the writer “a persuasive case for Mofokeng’s place in the pantheon of greats. Not just in South Africa, but globally.”