Toy soldiers. Cold wars. The frost takes a long time to thaw and these images are
testament to a false spring slowly but surely blossoming. Vacancy.
— Trevor Traynor
In this mid-career retrospective book, it’s hard to imagine that one man witnessed so much trouble and misery in the world — and was able to capture it so movingly. A great, intelligent interview at the end of the book provides insight into the passion and compassion ofas a concerned photographer.
For two decades, Pettersson has documented this complex country as broadly as he can — with photographs of whites-only Afrikaans communities, the bourgeois life of the 'black diamonds', poor urban life in the country's endless townships, and even scenes from tradition-bound Xhosa tribespeople.