Photo Categories Archives: Informality

Long Ago Citizens

Cape Town’s urban formations are both settled and constantly shifting. Take Windermere, which, like District Six, would be reconfigured by the apartheid bulldozer. Bryan Heseltine (b.1923, Addo, SA – d. 2008, UK) started making photos in Windermere in the late 1940s. He was particularly interested in Windermere’s black population, who lived in shack settlements between […]

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Avenue Badjoko

The Body in Space

Started in 2008, Lard Buurman’s African City Project aims to surface the quotidian details of African urbanism, in particular the pronounced relationship between city dwellers and the public spaces they use and inhabit. “I want to give an impression of daily life in the African city,” says Amsterdam-based Buurman. “From the chaotic dusty centre of […]

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An aerial view of Kowloon Walled City

Hong Kong Circa 1990

We feature a selection of Greg Girard and Ian Lamboth’s work on Kowloon World City, a city-block-sized enclave located across the harbour from the Island of Hong Kong, then a British-controlled territory which developed into a cramped tenement slum made up of 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all built without the contribution of a single architect. The […]

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