Beyond the Barricades

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Beyond the Barricades (Editors, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel and Paul Weinberg). This important collection (book and exhibition) of photographs by twenty South African photographers, mainly from the photographic collective, Afrapix, represents as written in the book, “an eloquent and searing testimony of the communal struggle as witnessed and expressed by South Africans.” It has become an indispensable anthology of popular resistance in South Africa during the 1980’s. The collection highlights one of the longest and bloodiest periods of political resistance to apartheid, a time of mass mobilization and brutal repression when taking of images was often a matter of life and death. This digital collection is from the book, the full collection is housed in Special Collections, UCT Libraries.


101 Battalion, Cape Town, 1987
ANC flag at funeral, Cape Town, 1986
Albertina Sisulu briefs protestors, Johannesburg, 1984
Anti-COSATU parade, Durban, May Day 1986
Armed vigilantes, Leandra township, circa 1985
Black Sash, Magopa, 1984
Death squad, Transvaal, South Africa, 1985
Defending ANC flag, Langa township, 1987
Delmas trial, Delmas, 1985
Demonstration against local councils, Durban, 1981
Desmond Tutu, KwaThema township, 1986
Destroyed home, Umbogintwini, Durban, 1986
Dorothy Nyembe's return home, KwaMashu, Durban, 1984
Election day, Overport township, Durban, 1984
FEDTRAW protest, Gauteng, circa 1985
Frances Baard at UDF launch, Cape Town, 1983
Funeral of Ashley Kriel, Langa township, 1987
Funeral of baby, Crossroads, 1985
Funeral of massacre victims, Queenstown, 1985
Funeral speaker, Grahamstown, 1987
Funeral, New Brighton township, 1986
Grieving father, New Brighton, 1986
Labour strike meeting, Johannesburg, 1987
Labour strike, Durban, 1985
Leandra Youth Congress members, Leandra township, Transvaal, 1986
Lowering of coffins, Queenstown, 1985
Masked coffin-bearer, Alexandra township funeral, 1986
Mother holding bloodstained shirt, Tembisa township, Transvaal, 1985
Mother mourning her son's death, Soweto, 1987
Mourners, Lamontville, 1983
Mrs Botha and Mrs Tshabalala, Soweto, 1984
Opening of KwaZulu legislature, KwaZulu-Natal, 1986
P.W. Botha at military parade, Pretoria, 1980
Police arrest UWO members, Cape Town, 1985
Police arrest student during protest, Durban, 1985
Police inform families of executions, Pretoria, 1987
Police reload at funeral, Duduza, 1985
Police warn union members, South Africa, 1970s
Police watch mourners, Alexandra township, Johannesburg, 1986
Political vandalism, Duduza township, 1985

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