Skuy is the Sunday Times’s chief photographer and Oatway formerly worked as the newspaper’s picture editor
‘Whenever fresh violence erupts, my stomach begins to knot with tension,” writes photographer James Oatway at the beginning of [BR]OTHER, a collaboration with colleague Alon Skuy.
This powerful book is a journey into the dark depths of xenophobia, a frightening world where helpless victims are set alight, stabbed, hounded and robbed just because they are from another country.
“When I think back on these darkest days and nights it stirs in me feelings that are long suppressed. I cannot imagine what those on the receiving end of such attacks must live with,” says Skuy.
Xenophobic violence first flared in South African cities in May 2008 and there have been intermittent outbreaks since.
Both photographers have received international recognition for their work, which originates from a strong belief in justice for all. Their hope is that their book will serve as a call to action, a catalyst to help heal the fragile South African society .