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Golden Youth (Hardcover)

Golden Youth By Oliver Kruger (Photographer), Sean O'Toole (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Oliver Kruger (Photographer), Sean O'Toole (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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Description


Golden Youth is, quite simply, a portrait study of some Johannesburg youth at a very particular moment in time. Golden Youth is not a document of any particular Joburg sub-culture, nor is it a study of consumerism. It does not explain the izikhothane, those cloth-burning youths from Soweto who are the latest subject of written enquiry by pedigreed explainers of things. Golden Youth is, quite simply, a portrait study of some Johannesburg youth at a very particular moment in time, the city's time as much as their personal biographies. It is a very thin slice of people seen at a very specific time, says Oliver. It is not a broad statement about Joburg. And yet, he concedes, the idea of Joburg is contained in every portrait. This particular look and style could come from nowhere else.

About the Author


Oliver Kruger (b. 1977) is a South African photographer, working predominantly within the discipline of portraiture. Kruger explores the individual behind the facade of uniformed identity. By isolating members of visually homogenous groups, Kruger's photographs reveal conformism to be an often nonsensical pursuit of community. Investigating the notion of assimilated or adopted identity, geographically or culturally alien to the individuals that pursue them, Kruger exposes tensions between assumed and rejected identities and the resulting incongruities. Kruger's portraits capture the idiosyncrasies of the vulnerable individual beneath the uniform of pomp and ceremony, be it the costumes of sailors or that of a flamboyant emerging middle class. Kruger approaches his subjects with passive curiosity rather than subjective confrontation, adopting a typological strategy of unaffected objectivity.


Product Details
ISBN: 9788887569599
ISBN-10: 8887569592
Publisher: L'Artiere
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 74
Language: English