Magubane, SA’s liv­ing leg­end

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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.

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