South African photographer of ‘black lives’ Santu Mofokeng dies aged 63

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African photographer Santu Mofokeng, known for his piercing black-and-white pictures of African life in Johannesburg townships during apartheid, died on Sunday aged 63, his family said.

Born in Soweto just months before the 1956 “Treason Trial” of Nelson Mandela and more than 150 others, Mofokeng gained prominence for his photographic essays of everyday black life that favoured intimacy over sensationalism.

He developed a knack, much like his mentor David Goldblatt, for capturing the…

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