Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

Compiled by Lucille Davie

The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, a massive exhibition of 700 historic photos capturing the harsh realities and eventual downfall of apartheid, will open on 13 February at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. View a selection of images from the exhibit, a “rich tapestry of materials that have rarely been shown together”, on display in South Africa after a run in New York, Munich and Milan.

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Gille de Vlieg. The street outside a meeting held to call on the apartheid regime to stop harassing Winnie Mandela. Johannesburg Centre, February 14, 1986. (Image: © Gille de Vlieg).

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Graeme Williams. Right-wing groups gather in Pretoria’s Church Square to voice their anger at the FW de Klerk government’s attempts to transform the country, 1990. (Image: © Graeme Williams)

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Cedric Nunn. A mother mourns the death of her son, a supporter of the United Democratic Front, in the Natal War, Mphaphameni, KwaZulu-Natal, 1987. (Image: © Cedric Nunn)

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Greg Marinovich. Migrant worker hostel in Thokoza township. Inkatha Freedom Party hostel residents controlled the townships around Johannesburg. Thousands of people, civilians and combatants died in the so-called Hostel Wars, 1993. (Image: © Greg Marinovich)

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Lesley Lawson. Mam Lydia in her room, bottom road, Langlaagte Deep Village, Crown Mines, 1982. (Image: © Lesley Lawson)

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Peter Magubane. Sharpeville Funeral: More than 5 000 people were at the graveyard, May 1960. (Image: Baileys African History Archive)