Photographic Traditions in Black Popular Modernities:

Towards a Socio-historical analysis of the visual economy in and beyond South Africa


An important aim of the project is to contribute to the process of archive formation ongoing in Post-Apartheid South Africa through the inclusion of photographs that have been either unacknowledged or excised from the national canon. This will be achieved through the organization of historical workshops and traveling exhibitions centered upon vernacular photographic material.

The project includes two PhD projects—one focused on vernacular township photography in its relation to rising consumption and urbanization and the other on the role of Zulu studio portraiture in the construction of a Zulu ethnic identity.


Prof.dr. R.J. Ross

Prof. Dr. Patricia Spyer (Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences)

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