By Lauren Kansley
As teenagers, photographers Benny Good, Adil Bradlow and Zubeida Vallie were at the forefront of documenting apartheid era South Africa.
Almost two decades later they are seasoned professionals and for the first time have opened their archive of work for the group exhibition Martyrs, Saints and Sell-Outs that is currently on show at the Good Hope Gallery at the Castle.
Naturally it is not just Gool, Bradlow and Vallie who have grown up since the 1980s when these images were shot. The exhibition is a reflective look at some of the most recognisable faces of today and the decision on who, captured in these photographs, would ultimately become a Martyr, Saint or Sell-Out is left to the audience to interpret.
The photographers along with curator Siona O’ Connell poured over thousands of negatives, ending with this vivid narrative of our country’s history which allow the audience an opportunity to reflect and consider the current state of country.
Martyrs, Saints and Sell-Outs is a must-see for Capetonian audiences because the images span neighbourhoods and landmarks familiar to many like Gugulethu, Athlone, Bonteheuwel and St Georges Cathedral.
With school holidays coming up soon the exhibit is the perfect excuse to re-visit the Castle with your kids and spend a lazy afternoon stepping back into time.
Other exhibitions currently on display include the William Fehr collection, which is a selection of oil paintings, furniture and decorative art dating back to the late seventeenth century.
* Martyrs, Saints and Sell-Outs is running until October 11.