In the post-war period, the South African government gradually developed a policy that was meant to retain forever the rights and privileges of a white minority: apartheid. Racial prejudices and tensions may create difficulties in many societies, but only in South Africa was segregation actually institutionalized and regulated.
The results were tragic and disturbing. This aspect of the South African history, the 'duty' to 'live apart' while occupying the same space, has been uniquely recorded by the camera of Ian Berry. He first set out for South Africa as a boy of 17 and thus began an incredible career of recording ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. Present at the Sharpeville riots in 1960, Berry has returned to South Africa many times during the course of the succeeding decades to capture many of its most significant moments, including the historical election of Nelson Mandela and its remarkable aftermath.
Ian Berry (b.1934) moved to South Africa in 1952. There he worked for several newspapers and journals, among them the magazine Drum. The recipient of many awards, including the Arts Council's first major photographic bursary in 1974 and Nikon's Photographer of the Year Award in 1977, Ian Berry is a member of Magnum Photos and has exhibited worldwide. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of his non-violent campaign to limit international trade and investment activities in South Africa. After retiring as Archbishop in 1996 he became Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. He is now a Visiting Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the USA.