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STRAIGHT TALK– ANOTHER VIEWPOINT (article first published : 2005-01-26)

Published in hardcover by Struik, Straight Talk – Voices from the new South Africa is a joint effort by German photographer, Dawin Meckel, and graphic designer, Ole Keune.

I found this photo journey to be mostly an uninspiring and selectively myopic view of this “brave new world” we are trying to make work in South Africa.

That it is the work of two young European journalists who first arrived in South Africa in 2001 to study at the University of Cape Town and then dropped out after two months, perhaps explains the lack of depth in knowledge of the country that is South Africa.

Focusing mainly around Cape Town with a few obscure Coffie Bay locations it is rounded off with some unremarkable pictures taken around Johannesburg.

At R190 it might work for the Euro tourist market but as a middle-aged South African, I find nothing appealing in this book. Perhaps that is my problem. – Nick Gardner.




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