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Staff riding | Marco Casino

Marco Casino Staff riding 
Staff riding, the local slang for train surfing, is a widespread phenomenon in SA. Katlehong is one of the largest townships in South Africa and has played a key role in the history of the struggle against apartheid. The population is almost entirely made up of blacks, but strongly multiethnic: all the eleven South Africa’s official languages are spoken in the township. The almost total majority of surfers are kids under 25. Amputations and death are really common. The Prasa Metrorail, the SA train company, is one of the foundations of their society.This connection between train and citizens remained very strong over time. The spectacular and risky act of train surfing becomes the framework to tell the Katlehong’s young people social fabric.This place has been the epicenter of the anti-apartheid’s guerrillas, and on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the facts that we all know , the situation of segregation has remained more or less unchanged in daily life. In a context where violence, rampant poverty, abuse of alchool/drugs and infant birth/AIDS are the masters, the train surfing is configured as the search for a social redemption that will never come for the characters of this story . Staff Riding is part of a long-term project about the township lifestyle 20 years later the struggle against apartheid. Staff Riding has been selected as one of winning ’30 Under 30′ PROJECT. The work was included in a curated exhibition between IdeasTap and Magnum Photos held at Birmingham’S NEC festival.
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Ponte CityMikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
lon161186-1280x1030Mikhael Subotzky Ponte City Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008. Copyright Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse courtesy Goodman Gallery © Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos
Mikhael Subotzky | Ivan Vladislavic      Subotzky Studio
lon161160-teaser-xxlMikhael Subotzky  Ponte City Johannesburg, South Africa. 2008. Copyright Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse courtesy Goodman Gallery© Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos
5_installation_le_bal_2014Installation, Le Bal, Paris, 2014
lon161169-teaser-xxlMikhael Subotzky Ponte City Johannesburg, South Africa 2008. Copyright Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse courtesy Goodman Gallery© Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos


Bang Bang Club | Ken Oosterbroek
1992021akKen Oosterbroek, World Press Photo collection photo 1993, general news
The Bang Bang Club was a group of photographers and photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa between 1990 and 1994, during the transition from the apartheid system to government based on universal suffrage. Trains linking South Africa’s townships with central Johannesburg have frequently been targets for violent attacks. In 1992, 277 commuters were killed and more than 500 seriously injured. Some people were thrown onto the tracks; others jumped in panic as gunmen burst in, shooting indiscriminately or attacking travelers with knives and home-made weapons. Police and army do what they can to curb the violence and vast sums are being invested in bulletproof carriages and surveillance equipment.
1992021bk1992021jkKen Oosterbroek, World Press Photo collection photo 1993, general news

Miami ON

Kate Plays Christine | Robert Greene

Filmmaker Robert Greene cleverly forgoes your standard talking-head-and-sound-bite approach to nonfiction storytelling, instead choosing to employ Kate Lyn Sheil as a conduit to understanding an impossibly complex issue. Committed to doing justice to Christine’s life, Kate not only candidly pulls back the curtain on her acting process, but she also reveals the biases and presumptions even supposed experts can provide in their diagnosis. Kate Plays Christine boldly challenges its subjects and audience alike to accept that answers from the past are never easy.


Violet Isle a duet of photographs from Cuba | History Miami Museum
CUBA. Havana. 1993.nyc109186
This multi-layered portrait of “the violet isle”––a little-known name for Cuba inspired by the rich color of the soil there––presents a unique, often enigmatic document of a vibrant and vulnerable land. It combines two separate photographic visions: Alex Webb’s exploration of street life in Cuba, and Rebecca Norris Webb’s fascination with the unique, quixotic collections of animals she discovered there, from tiny zoos and pigeon societies to hand-painted natural history displays and quirky personal menageries. The result is a blend of two different aesthetics inspired by Cuba’s existence for decades in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble virtually untouched by the rest of the world, and unlikely to remain that way for much longer.  Violet Isle will be on display from Dec. 1 to February 5, 2017.
1 Photo by Alex Webb, distributed by Magnum Photos, CUBA Havana 1993 / 2 Photo by Rebecca Norris Webb/distributed by Magnum    Photos, CUBA Havana 2008 Roosters exercising on rooftop in Old Havana
Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb
Miami Street Photography Festival / Dec 1-4
History Miami Museum 


Brenda Ann Kenneally | Vintage Miami 1989-1996                                                            
Brenda Ann Kenneally