南アフリカ出身として初のフリーランス・フォトグラファーである、アーネスト・コール(Ernest Cole)の作品集。1960年代後半から1970年代初頭にかけてのアメリカにおける黒人の生活を撮影した一冊。

アパルトヘイト体制の恐ろしさを描いた代表作である作品集『House of Bondage』を1967年に刊行後、ニューヨークへ移住し、助成金を得てアメリカの都市部や郊外の黒人コミュニティを撮影した。生前この作品群は発表されず、完全に消失したかと思われていたが、2017年にスウェーデンでその姿を現した。この写真には、アメリカで感じた新たな希望と自由、目の当たりにした体系的な人種差別と不平等に対する鋭い視点が反映されている。


The first publication of Ernest Cole’s photographs depicting Black lives in the United States during the turbulent and eventful late 1960s and early 1970s. After the publication of his landmark 1967 book House of Bondage on the horrors of apartheid, Ernest Cole moved to New York and received a grant from the Ford Foundation to document Black communities in cities and rural areas of the United States. He released very few images from this body of work while he was alive. Thought to be lost entirely, the negatives of Cole’s American pictures resurfaced in Sweden in 2017. Ernest Cole photographed extensively in New York City, documenting the lively community of Harlem, including a thrilling series of color photographs, as he turned his talent to street photography across Manhattan. In 1968 Cole traveled to Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, as well as rural areas of the South, capturing the mood of different Black communities in the months leading up to and just after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The pictures both reflect a newfound hope and freedom that Cole felt in America, and an incisive eye for inequality as he became increasingly disillusioned by the systemic racism he witnessed. This treasure trove of rediscovered work provides an important window into American society and redefines Cole’s oeuvre, presenting a fuller picture of the life and work of a man who fled South Africa and exposed life under apartheid to the world.

by Ernest Cole

REGULAR PRICE ¥13,750  (tax incl.)

304 pages
213 x 292 mm
black and white

published by APERTURE