My environmental portraits of young individuals dressed in school uniforms seek to create a complex body of work and provoke questions concerning identity, education, and class system. Each image exists as a single portrait within a series, a community of photographs. The subjects, dressed in traditional uniform attire, gaze in acknowledgment of the audience. Each young student stands within his or her domestic space, yet, there exists an awkwardness in the way each presents himself or herself.
— Sarah-Marie Land
This fascinating new photobook reprints scraps from an African portrait studio which reveal only the posture and clothing of the subjects — their faces have been cut out for ID photos. However, what remains is rich with detail and implications about contemporary life in Eastern Africa.
LGBTI rights in Africa often clash with traditional African culture in which same-sex relationships are deemed 'un-African' and where homophobia is rampant. This is especially the case in the suburbs of the big cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg, where intolerance often leads to violence against women like Chedino and her friends — read their stories in this great photoessay.