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Undercity : the other Cape Town

Author: David Lurie; Nadine Barth
Publisher: Berlin : Hatje Cantz, [2017].
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the end of the apartheid era, Cape Town, South Africa?s metropolis par excellence, has become a major tourist destination, offering sunny backdrops for commercials and homes for the moneyed classes. Obscene levels of unemployment and the daily struggle for survival among the impoverished are rarely visible behind this veneer. The South African photographer David Lurie unmasks the ?other? Cape Town, in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Lurie; Nadine Barth
ISBN: 9783775743273 3775743278
OCLC Number: 1017083128
Description: 142 pages : numerous color photos ; 24 x 35 cm.
Responsibility: David Lurie; editor: Nadine Barth.

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Since the end of the apartheid era, Cape Town, South Africa?s metropolis par excellence, has become a major tourist destination, offering sunny backdrops for commercials and homes for the moneyed classes. Obscene levels of unemployment and the daily struggle for survival among the impoverished are rarely visible behind this veneer. The South African photographer David Lurie unmasks the ?other? Cape Town, in the early morning hours, when the city is still asleep, delicate and vulnerable. His series 'Morning After Dark' deals with the infrastructure of public and private places and its influence on the city?s residents?from rich to poor. The second series in the book, 'Writing the City', considers the city?s surfaces: urban landscapes that include billboards, street signs, graffiti and street art. What are they saying? Who are they speaking to? How do they direct society, and to where? Lurie offers a highly pensive study in fascinating and original images.

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