Iconic photographs from the Bailey Seippel Gallery South Africa
As African photography gains in stature the structures needed to promote the art seems to be coming on stream. The continent is currently holding it’s biggest Photo Exhibition in Bamako, Mali whilst in France a partly African themed Paris Photo Fair is being held. On display at the Paris Photo Fair are works by J.D Okhai Ojeikere who spent 30 years criss-crossing Nigeria on bicycle, photographing women’s braided hairstyles.
Perhaps the most captivating of all the group exhibitions at the Paris Photo Fair is by the Bailey Seippel Gallery based in South Africa. The gallery primarly focuses on South African photography from the 1950s until the present. Some of the most iconic photographs displayed by the gallery are below.
Ranjith Kally, African Jazz, 1957, Miriam Makeba with two ladies, courtesy BaileySeippel Gallery Johannesburg, ©BAHA
SEP1957 - Treason: End of Round One - To keep fit, Nelson Mandela, solicitor, was at Jerry Moloi's boxing gym at Orlando every evening. He's shadow-sparring with Moloi (right) a professional featherweight.
Death in the ringJunior Evans member of the Natal Boxing Board of Control Board, carries the lifeless body of a fighter boxer to the ambulance, Durban
She was born on a farm called Rooiport near the little town of Vrede in the Orange Free State. Her father was an Englishman. She grew up playing with her father's servants rather than with her brothers and sisters. She learned to speak Zulu and Sesotho, and these she spoke more fluently than English. She met Seargent Khumalo in Durban and fell in love with him, she gave birth to her daughter Thandi . She went to stay with him in Dube, Soweto. They were arrested under the immorality act and went to court. They were fined and the people who came to listen to their case collected money and psid their bail. (Photograph by Drum photographer Â© Baileys Archives)