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John Liebenberg’s photography of the apartheid “border wars” in Namibia and Angola is a profound documentation of a period of history. He often ignored the sensorship bans of the apartheid regime and revealed the wars for what they were. A senior photographer now, still plying his trade, John has needed a hip replacement operation for some time. Although he has ¬†given years of dedicated service as a photographer, not unusually such an operation was financially out of reach. So John’s friends and colleagues have rallied around and Stephan Weltz & Co. auctioneers of decorative and fine arts are conducting an “auction of fine South African photography.”

Namibia  1980's. SADF convoy passes through. This picture was taken at a SADF display in Ombalantu. Taking pictures of  military convoys they remains an offense. PHOTO: John Liebenberg/South Photographs/Africa Media Online

Namibia 1980′s. SADF convoy passes through. This picture was taken at a SADF display in Ombalantu. Taking pictures of military convoys they remains an offense. PHOTO: John Liebenberg/South Photographs/Africa Media Online

 

More than 50 of South Africa’s finest photographers have contributed prints for the auction “representing one of the most diverse photographic portfolios ever assembled in South Africa,¬†with themes from documentary and conflict to politics, portraiture and wildlife.” Photographers include Roger Ballen, Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt, Alf Khumalo, Gideon Mendel, Cedric Nunn, Obie Oberholzer, Jo Ratcliffe, Sydney Sheshibedi, Joao Silva, Guy Tillim, Paul Weinberg, Graeme Williams and John Liebenberg himself.

The auction takes place at 13 Bierman Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg March 18, 2013, 18h00 for 18h30. See a low resolution PDF the catalogue below:

SA Photography Auction – catalogue – low-res

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