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DURBAN: IMPRESSIONS OF AN AFRICAN CITY (article first published : 2002-04-21)

Well-known photographer Paul Weinberg will present a recent photographic project at the NSA Gallery from April 30 at 18h00 until May 19. The exhibition, taking place in the Mezzanine and Park Galleries, consists of images for a new photographic book on the city of Durban.

Durban is a city of contrasts, contradictions, cultural diversity and challenges. This book relates the untold story of this interesting and exciting African city. Venturing beyond the clichés and stereotypes, the book Impressions of an African City takes you into the heart of South Africa and Africa. Reflected through the architecture, culture and people, both indigenous and “indigenised”, the soul of the city is revealed.

It is also an excellent example of a city facing the unique challenges of modern Africa and post-apartheid South Africa. For this reason, it has been selected as one of the United Nations Agenda 21 cities. "To survive successfully into the future, Durban will have to seek a middle path between rich and poor, expectations and reality, growth and sustainability. It will need to involve all its people in building a vision which draws on the city’s abundant human and natural resources today…" (Durban’s Today Tomorrow, a report to the UN Agenda 21 Committee).

The launch of the book will take place on May 10 at 18h00 at the NSA Gallery and will feature a special performance by Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre.




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