Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016


A photo-magazine that had editions all over the African continent, East,

West and South – and whilst perhaps the original management intention

of all Drum publications may have been to exploit the vast black African

reading/viewing market, it soon became apparent that the staff working

on these publications had other ideas – it is the South African Drum that

is especially talked about here.


The photographers of the South African Drum have become famous

for their many images of South Africa during the apartheid era, some

were published in Drum, some in the world press and others in books

published abroad to great critical aclaim. They often showed up white

South African society as offensively racist and inhuman by capturing

black peoples lives on film ... their images were a catalyst to the fight for

a more democratic country.

The staff, editors, journalists and photographers, at Drum ran the risk of

imprisonment and worse, their commitment deserves remembering.

Man and Child, Sharpeville, 1959

Photograph: Peter Magubane

mid-June 2016

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