JURGEN SCHADEBERG: THE BLACK & WHITE FIFTIES IN SOUTH AFRICA
May 1-29, 2005
Shift Gallery, Toronto
A featured exhibit of CONTACT 2005, Toronto’s Annual Photography Festival,
Wedge presented this historical exhibition. In a career spanning over half a century, Jürgen Schadeberg has come to represent much more than visual storyteller. He arrived in South Africa from Germany in 1950, and his unique position as an outsider allowed him access to both the black and white communities of that era. Indeed, their cultural and political chasm is clearly indicated through the social commentary of his images. Curated by Kenneth Montague.
Programing included “Truth Be Told” project, presented by Light Source, a not-for-profit organization providing community access to the photo-based arts.
Throughout the month of May, they sponsored a workshop for Grade 8 students from Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Regent Park. Activities included a visit to the Jürgen Schadeberg exhibition, to help inspire their own photographic creations. A selection of their images – based on the theme of “Truth” – were exhibited alongside the Schadeberg work, at Shift Gallery from May 26-29, 2005.