“For me, your book not only documents a crucial moment in the history of South Africa, but somehow also reflects today’s reality. That’s why I would like to bring your photos back.”
This e-mail sparks a penetrating follow-up to Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) by Ad van Denderen (NL, 1943). In Van Denderen’s critically acclaimed photo book, he chronicles the final days of Apartheid in the gold mining town of Welkom. Twenty-five years later, the project takes a new turn precipitated by Lebohang Tlali (ZA, 1978), who grew up in a nearby township and discovered the book while studying art in Cape Town. Now both photographers are collaborating on a multi-layered sequel: Welkom Today (produced by Paradox).