Santu Mofokeng, Chasseur d’ombres

A gallery review.

This past week Jeu de Paume, a leading gallery for global photography, closed their summer exhibit, “Chasseur d’ombres,” celebrating 30 years of work by South African photographer Santu Mofokeng. Shown for the first time in Europe, a selection of his most prized features were on display.

Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng’s works are heavily influenced by his Soweto heritage, with early photography capturing daily life in farms and townships. He gained momentum and a reputation for highlighting the very best and the very worst of South African life. As his career progressed, Mofokeng’s photography moved its focus to landscapes and observation of religious ritual.

Jeu de Paume sat down with Mofokeng and asked him to share memories of his career in this extended interview. Jeu de Paume has shared the interview with Fair Observer, giving us insight into the history and mastery of this highly regarded photographer.

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