AL3274 :: The Gille de Vlieg Photographic Collection

Collection No: AL3274
Title: The Gille de Vlieg Photographic Collection
Creator: Inventory prepared by Debora Matthews, October 2009
Origination: Gille de Vlieg
Inclusive Dates: 1983-1994
Bulk Dates: 1989
Extent: Approximately 700 digital images
Language: English
Acquisition: Accession numbers: 09-021, 09-026, 10-027
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions may apply. See SAHA copyright statement for Use Restrictions
Created: 08 October 2009
Abstract: Activist and once Afrapix photographer Gille De Vlieg’s collection consists of black and white digital images. The images, in part, tell the story of South Africa’s turbulent political history of the 1980s, set in both rural and township scenes. These sometimes disturbingly serene lifestyle scenes act not only as a contrast against, but also as a result of the political activities of the day, as people are, for example, displaced due to land removals. The photographs cover the following topics: land removals, rural lifestyle, township lifestyle, gender lifestyle, United Democratic Front (UDF), anti-harassment campaign, police violence, protests against death penalty, funerals, Black Sash, protests against incorporation into Bophuthatswana; Release Mandela Campaign, End Conscription Campaign (ECC), conscientious objectors, African National Congress (ANC) Welcome Home Rally, Day of the Vow (Geloftedag), street children and homeless people. It also includes photographs of Harare street scenes in Zimbabwe, and numerous lifestyle images of people (including the Herero and Himba people) living in Namibia.
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