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Remembering Ernest Cole: The photographer, his camera and his cause

Remembering Ernest Cole: The photographer, his camera and his cause

When one attempts recollecting events of the apartheid, Ernest Cole comes to mind. The first black South African freelance photographer who with his camera told stories the world would rather be silent about.

UK’s Culture and Life once described him as one of the world’s finest self-taught photojournalists. 

On this day (21st March) in 1940, Cole was born, and today through these photos he captured, we remember him, his camera, the cause for which he was most passionate and about which he wrote; Three-hundred years of white supremacy in South Africa has placed us in bondage, stripped us of our dignity, robbed us of our self-esteem and surrounded us with hate.

 

 

 

“It’s an extraordinary experience to live as though life were a punishment for being black.”

 

 

“None of us can be described as having virtues or qualities that raise him or her above others.”

 

 

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that enhances and and respects the freedom of others.”

 

 

 “I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

 

 

Image source: NY Times, Al Jazeera, Culture and Life

Quotes: Nelson Mandela

All images belong to (C)Ernest Cole

 

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Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke

Caleb Somtochukwu Okereke

Senior Editor working out of East Africa.

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