Magubane, SA’s living legend
I wanted the world to know “what kind of animal apartheid was”, photographer Peter Magubane said at the launch of his latest book, June 16: 40th Anniversary Edition, at Museum Africa in downtown Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Audience members listened intently as Magubane shared some of the dark stories that had changed South Africa’s political landscape.
“I was prepared to die for what I was doing, and I told myself that I was not going to be told by anyone not to take a picture,” Magubane said at the event. The launch of the book marks the 40th anniversary of the 83-yearold’s historic photographs of the 1976 uprising. The photographer has published 17 books, including two that were banned by the apartheid government – Black as I am, published in 1978, and Black Child, published in 1982. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi attended the event. “I am happy to be celebrating our icons while they are still alive. You should remember, he is also celebrated internationally,” she said of Magubane. The book is available at all established bookstores for R789.