During the 1970s, South Africa was governed by white supremacists who ruthlessly enforced the apartheid system of racial segregation. People who were not classified as 'white', were stripped of many of their basic human rights. In 1976 widespread protests erupted against the injustices and apartheid began to crumble. Twenty-three-year-old photographer Steve Bloom set out to capture the intense mood of the time.
A major touring exhibition of fifty-five prints from the series was at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery from 4 February to 14 May 2023, accompanied by artefacts from the era, such as publications and posters from the British Anti-Apartheid Movement. Previous galleries include the Guardian Gallery and Canterbury's Beaney Museum of Knowledge. Click to read the promo brochure (opens in a new window). Hard copy available for galleries on request.
A wider selection of images from the exhibition can be seen by interested museums and galleries in a password-protected viewing room. Please contact us for access.
"We were delighted to be able to host your wonderful exhibition and have received so much positive feedback about how moving and thought provoking it is and your work is quite simply stunning. Thank you for enabling us to show it at Leicester's flagship museum." - Jo Jones (Head of Arts & Museums, Leicester City Council).