Mikhael Subotzky – Patrick Waterhouse: Ponte City

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Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse worked at Ponte City, the iconic Johannesburg apartment building which is Africa’s tallest residential skyscraper, for more than six years. They photographed the residents and documented the building – every door, the view from every window, the image on every television screen. This remarkable body of images is presented here in counterpoint with an extensive archive of found material and historical documents. The visual story is integrated with a sustained sequence of essays and documentary texts. In the essays, some of South Africa’s leading scholars and writers explore Ponte City’s unique place in Johannesburg and in the imagination of its citizens. What emerges is a complex portrait of a place shaped by contending projections, a single, unavoidable building seen as refuge and monstrosity, dreamland and dystopia, a lightning rod for a society’s hopes and fears, and always a beacon to navigate by.

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Beschrijving

Winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015.
The jury: “They have created an intimate and deeply evocative social portrait of a culture, building and its community of residents through photographs, architectural plans, and other archival and historical material.”

Extra informatie

title

Ponte City

photographer

Mikhael Subotzky – Patrick Waterhouse

text

Texts by Lindsay Bremner, Melinda Silverman, Harry Kalmer, Sean O’Toole, Kgebetli Moele, Percy Zvomuya, Ivan Vladislavić, Denis Hirson

design

Ramon Pez

publisher

Steidl / The Walther Collection

ISBN

9783869307503

year

2014

binding

Hardcover, clothbound in a screen-printed cardboard box with 17 separate staple-bound booklets

size

23.7 x 36.5 cm

pages

192 p.

illustrations

365 four-color and black-and-white images

language

English

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