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Why Are They Weeping? South Africans under Apartheid

David Turnley


TURNLEY, David. Why Are They Weeping? South Africans under Apartheid. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, (1988). Quarto, original debossed black cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $250.

First trade edition of this profound photobook by Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist David Turnley, documenting the human cost of apartheid, with over 100 full-color photogravures (many double-page), from the collection of his brother, fellow award-winning photojournalist Peter Turnley.

David Turnley was banned from South Africa in November 1987, accused by President Botha’s government of “sending ‘biased photo material’ overseas” (New York Times). Published here in book form for the first time are the riveting images Turnley produced before his expulsion, documenting South Africa during the turbulent years of 1985-87: “one of the most intense periods of unrest in the country’s history.” Turnley, who won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism, has been praised by writer Michael Guerrin as one of those particularly memorable photographers whose work continues “the spirit of Robert Capa” (Panzer, 26). With text by Alan Cowell, New York Times Bureau Chief. Published same year as signed limited edition, no priority established. From the collection of Peter Turnley, David’s twin brother and fellow photojournalist whose work for Newsweek, Life and Harper’s Magazine has earned him several Overseas Press Club awards. “Separately or together, the brothers have photographed almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” (New York Times). Owner signature.

Book fine; light edge-wear, slight dampstaining to verso of bright, near-fine dust jacket.

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