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.



Bra Gib was the founding father of theatre in the black townships – writing, acting and training talented singers, dancers, and actors to appear in his Township Musicals. He entertained local audiences, bringing laughter and catchy songs to the makeshift stages, but his musicals also dealt with social issues of crime, poverty, and apartheid.