Peter Magubane’s June 16th, Soweto Uprising: 40th Anniversary Gallery Exhibition

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We feel extremely fortunate and honoured, to announce today on Reconciliation Day, that FotoZA, the first gallery in South Africa dedicated to photographic fine art, will be re-opening after a 12 year absence on Monday, January 30th in Rosebank, JHB.

The Gallery’s opening exhibition will showcase Peter Magubane’s definitive work about the June 16th, 1976 Soweto uprising.

The uprising, that is seen by most historians as the event that set the country on course to the inevitability of democratic rule in 1994, is having its 40th anniversary and it is hoped that the exhibition could have a cathartic effect on  the healing process that’s necessary after the trouble experienced on SA campuses during 2016.


About Peter Magubane:

  • He is a first tier struggle icon in his eighties, who was incarcerated in solitary confinement for a record number 586 days, as well as getting banned for 5 years by the apartheid regime.
  • President Mandela’s personally appointed photographer which together with nine honorary doctorates, the Cornel Cappa Life time achievement award from the ICP in New York, the SA order of Meritorious Service Silver Class from President Mandela, as well as the the coveted Robert Cappa award, makes him one of the most celebrated photojournalists in the world.
  • He has published no less than 23 books including the recent release of one commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the June 16th uprising.
  • His recent exhibition in Poland  on Mandela was opened by legendary former President Lech Walesa.
  • A man of both moral and physical courage, he famously convinced students that confronted him on the first day of the Soweto uprising, that ‘a struggle without documentation is no struggle’.

‘We encourage the public and scholars to make the effort to view this historically very important exhibition before its closing on February 28th, 2017.’


Dates:  Jan 30th – Feb 28th, 2017.
Venue: FotoZA Gallery, Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg.

2 Responses

  1. Raphael de Kadt

    This is an absolutely riveting , deeply touching and powerful exhibition by a truly GREAT Photojournalist (one of South Africa’s greatest ever)! That Peter Magubane survived at all – and thus survived to comprehensively document one of the most signal and tragic moments in South Africa’s often turbulent history is a near miracle.

    That he documented it with such unfailing artistic brilliance, with an eye for both detail and for the larger story, and did so with such empathy for all those who got caught up in the uprising, is an achievement of staggering proportions.

    His every picture tells a story- mostly a tragic story- with exquisite sensitivity and insight. Great photography – such as his – demands more than just a marvellous eye or technical mastery. It demands a deep, intuitive, command of a context and its meaning. It demands, too, great courage and a formidable intelligence. This is one photographic exhibition that every South African should see.

    Full kudos to Kameraz for hosting this – and of course to Peter Magubane for generating the content!

    It’s in the Kameraz Gallery on the 4th level of The Rosebank Mall, and ends on 28 February 2017. I urge anyone who can manage, to visit it. It will be emotionally challenging – be warned – but brilliant and compelling beyond what words can capture.

    Raphael de Kadt

  2. Michael Steffen

    Hey there,

    I have been to this exhibition about two weeks ago. Currently, I’m working on a research with reference to the Soweto Uprising and the #feesmustfall. I was hoping to get in touch with Peter Magubane, but unfortunately I cannot find his contact details. That’s why I’m reaching out to you again.
    If there is a possibility in getting in contact with him, please let me know.

    Best regards
    Michael Steffen

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