Freedom or Death Special Edition 10×8

Gideon Mendel


Published November 2019
165 x 210 mm, 176 pp
87 full colour images
Hardback clothbound, foil debossed
ISBN 978-1-910401-39-2

Handmade clothbound box, foil debossed
Each box comes with the original 10×8 inches vintage press print reproduced in the book (made in the 1980s and 1990s), with unique markings/captions, signed by the photographer.
GOST Books will contact you directly after your order to enquire which print you would like.
ISBN 978-1-910401-39-2

Special Edition 12×10 available
Standard edition

Press: The Guardian, BJP, Collector Daily


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Thirty years ago, photographer Gideon Mendel left a box of negatives and transparencies in storage in a friend’s garage in Johannesburg. At some point the box was rained upon and the top layers damaged. The affected photographs were from Mendel’s documentation of the final years of apartheid when he had witnessed the nationwide township uprising and scenes of mobilization, conflict and tragedy. This act of happenstance led to Mendel revisiting and re-engaging with his archives, and the gradual creation of this book Freedom or Death.

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