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Hermann Niebuhr: Nightshift

Gallery Bon Bon

Regular price R 350.00

Niebuhr's exhibition Night Shift (2008) brought him to the heart of the city. Armed with only a camera, he entered neighborhoods such as Hillbrow which had most dramatically shifted from Art Deco affluence in the mid-to-late 20th century to poverty and crime in the early 21st. Niebuhr photographed the foyers of the lovely old buildings and then painted them in oils, taking the perspective of the (somewhat symbolic) security guards protecting the edifices and their residents. These accurate and objective paintings, unpeopled but resonant with history, create a sense of melancholy around the city's decline.

  • Book condition: Good +
  • Softcover: 34 Pages
  • Dimensions: 24 cm x 15.5 cm
  • Weight: 150 g


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