Freedom or Death

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

Special edition 10×8 available
Special edition 12×10 available

Press: The Guardian, BJP, Collector Daily


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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