Now is the Time: Leonard Freed’s Photographs of South Africa’s 1994 Elections


The Danish publication KATALOG — Journal of Photography and Video just published an article that I wrote with my father on Leonard Freed’s photographs of the election that brought Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress to power. Copies of the issue can be ordered by emailing and run 19 euros plus VAT. The issue also features an extended piece on contemporary Indian photography by Niyatee Shinde and including work by Saumya Khandelwal on the “Child Brides of Shravasti” and Vivek Mariappan on domestic kitchens; a photoessay by Johannes Romppanen about his daughter Lija who, at the age of 7, can neither speak nor walk; and an extended treatment of Nanna Bisp Büchert by Ingrid Fischer Jonge that highlights Büchert’s evocative modernism.

I am obviously highly biased but I think that the magazine is well worth owning. If you don’t want to spring for a copy a number of libraries around the United States collect KATALOG. Here in Houston it can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s library. It can also be found at such places at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), the Ingalls Library (Cleveland), the New York Public Library, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

The first two pages of the ten page feature I co-wrote. The article was inspired by the exhibition of the same name that we curated as part of FotoFest Biennial 2020 African Cosmologies.

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