SPECIAL EDITION TALES FROM THE CITY OF GOLD: PUBLICATIONThis special edition, limited to 20, includes the book, one archival 22x20cm limited edition print, an archival limited edition print from artist Ester Svensson, all held inside a unique hand made case.
In this incisive and wide-ranging series, Jason Larkin explores the vast waste dumps created by Johannesburg’s once powerful gold mining industry. His images of life on and around the city’s incongruous man-made hills, territory where history, economy and contemporary South Africa collide, shed light on some of the most challenging questions facing the country today.
Photographing the landscape and people affected by these toxic monuments, Jason highlight’s the ignored realities of these spaces, and the denial of the complicated legacy that Africa’s most successful mining story has left behind. Living in Johannesburg for over two years to complete this body of work, Jason brings a comprehensive viewpoint on a forgotten aspect of Johannesburg and captures the undeniable and quiet interaction that occurs between these man-made toxic spaces and the functioning of a 21st century urban center.
Alongside these photographs are old archival images, original etchings by artist Ester Svensson and phrases from an old Fanagalo dictionary, an old pidgin language developed for and still used in South Africa’s mines. Essays by South African based writer Mara Kardas-Nelson and the photography academic Julian Rodriguez, bring further context and historical consideration to the work.
SPECIAL EDITION SPECS
Edition: Limited to 20
Photographic Print: 1x 220x200mm archival pigment print. (Either 'Daniel And His Hunting Dogs' or 'Pressurised Water'. Both editions limited to 10)
Illustration Print: 200x160mm archival pigment print by Ester Svensson. Edition limited to 20
Total Size: 295x250mm
Publisher: Kehrer, October 2013
Text: Mara Kardas-Nelson, Julian Rodriguez
Illustrations: Ester Svensson
Extent: 96 Pages
Trim Size: 280mm x 240mm
Photographs: 46 Colour & 6 B&W
Design: Realise Creative
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