Pre-1930s, the art of photography in South Africa was a Eurocentric affair. While the South African Black population may have been photographed extensively (more so from an Ethno-photographic angle), little, if anything, has been recorded on professional studio photographers of colour during this era.



Parallel experiences and narratives in the histories of South Africa and of Ireland, and the ways in which the stories of pain and of hope are shared by storytellers who guide visitors in museums and heritage sites in each context, make for an important and timely comparison. The authors reflect, in the closing pages of this book, on the relevance of museums in the twenty-first century.



Dr A.D. (Kin) Bensusan was born at 22 Oaklands Road in 1921. He developed an interest in photography at an early age, and first put his talent to use as an aerial photographer in World War II. A world-renowned authority on the history of photography, he founded the Photographic Society of Southern Africa, and was involved in establishing a photographic unit at Wits Medical School.