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Ernest Cole
Ernest Cole was born on 21st March 1940 on the outskirts of Pretoria and died on 21st February 1990 in New York City. He was 49 years old. His half-century had encompassed an astonishing rise and a devastating fall. Growing up amidst discrimination in South Africa, inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cole emerged as the first black ‘essayist’ in South African photographic history; in 1966 he fled to Europe and later, the United States; House Of Bondage – the first photographic book by a black South African – was published in 1967. Cole became an associate of Magnum Photos and benefited from small...

Ernest Cole 1960

South Africa. 1960. Handcuffed blacks were arrested for being...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Doornfontein Railway station in rush hour. This...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Johannesburg. ”Penny baas, please, baas, I hungry...”...
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Ernest Cole 1960

SOUTH AFRICA. A white pocket being picked. Whites are angered...
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SOUTH AFRICA. After processing, they wait at railroad station...
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SOUTH AFRICA. According to Struan Robertson this represents Changeover....
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South Africa. 1960. During group medical examination the nude...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Barracks-like buildings are divided into starkly...
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SOUTH AFRICA.
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SOUTH AFRICA.
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South Africa. 1960. Earnest boy squats on haunches and strains...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Johannesburg. According to Struan Robertson this...
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SOUTH AFRICA. The relocation of people from Eersterust to Mamelodi....
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SOUTH AFRICA. Infant suffers from advanced malnutrition. Like...
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South Africa. Johannesburg. 1960. According to Struan Robertson...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Mamelodi.
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SOUTH AFRICA. A guest with mother and child.
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SOUTH AFRICA. Bantu Beer: Africans may not drink in city bars,...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Servants are not forbidden to love. Woman holding...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Newspapers are her carpet; fruit crates are her...
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SOUTH AFRICA. Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Entertaining friends is...
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SOUTH AFRICA.
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Ernest Cole 1970

USA. New York City. Harlem. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1970

USA. New York City. Harlem. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1970

USA. New York City. Harlem. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1970

USA. New York City. Harlem. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1960

USA. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1960

USA. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1960

USA. Circa 1970.
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Ernest Cole 1960

USA. Circa 1970. Chevrolet Impala.
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