Daniel Morolong

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Daniel Morolong’s photographs tell the ‘other’ story of life in the black urban residential areas of the city, at a time when apartheid’s political agendas were beginning to unfold. The authorities and the residents of East London’s locations have always seen and understood the locations differently. To the authorities, they were overcrowded and filthy, a breeding ground for poverty, disease and crime. These conditions were seen to reflect the characters of people – somehow less than human. Racist images of people and the locations dominated public life.
These photographs on show how residents saw the locations. They portray life in the locations as rich, dynamic and vibrant. In an extraordinary way they show the very ordinary nature of social life and living and therefore picture aspects of life that apartheid denied and 'whiteness' kept hidden. Despite a long list of artificial restrictions imposed by apartheid on their lives, location residents made their own definitions of what it really meant to be 'the other’ in white South Africa. As such, when they remember their lives in these old locations, it is neither the poverty nor the hardship that they remember most. Rather, it is the social diversity, cultural vibrancy and sense of identity that first come to mind.


A couple posing intimately at a formal event, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Boxer standing on table, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Boxer with bandaged hands, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Boxer with bandaged hands, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Bride and groom in garden on their wedding day, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Bridesmaid in pink dress standing amongst yellow flowers, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Couple Outside, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Couple posing at a ballroom dancing competition, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Couple posing on the stairs at formal event, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Dephnie Mzakie Bottoman "My Best Friend", Eastern Cape, South Africa
Dephnie Mzakie Bottoman "My Best Friend", Eastern Cape, South Africa
Group of women on train, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Group of women posing on pavement, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Group posing next to car near the beach, Eastern Cape South Africa
Group posing next to car near the beach, Eastern Cape South Africa
Little girl on her third birthday with cake and Oros, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Man boxing on a table, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Man holding hands with two women as they walk out the sea, Eastern Beach, South Africa
Man swinging golf club in an open field, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Receiving awards at Lloyd's admin offices, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Showing off cooldrinks and a pineapple over a shop counter, East Bank, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Three men walking along the shore, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Three woman and a man pose with big smiles in front of a train, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Three women at a formal event, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two girls posing in bathing costumes, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two men and a woman posing, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two men and two women socialising, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women at a formal event, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women dressed in their Sunday best, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women dressed smartly, Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women playing for Deep Freezing netball team, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women posing on a rock next to the ocean. Eastern Beach, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Two women wearing sunglasses and sitting in a rock pool at Eastern Beach, South Africa
Two young boys posing in front of a Volkswagen Beetle, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Weight lifters holding trophies. 2 Boy Ndabandune on right, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Woman brushing hair while looking in mirror, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Woman dressed smartly posing on a train, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Woman leaning against bonnet of car, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Woman posing for a portrait holding a plant, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Woman posing with young boy in school uniform, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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