Startling side-by-side portraits of victims and perpetrators of apartheid, by an award-winning South African photographer. Jillian Edelstein made her first visit to a South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing in 1997. What the South African-born, prize-winning photographer saw and heard moved her to begin a four-year project photographing the people who were to come forward, both victims and villains, black and white. Eventually, Edelstein traveled the length and breadth of South Africa, compiling an extraordinary record of jarring and moving images, in each case recording her subject's personal stories: from atrocities suffered to crimes committed. Her stories and portraits, intriguingly paired on facing pages, provide a remarkable insight into South Africa's recent history and the awesome difficulty of overcoming it. More than twenty thousand victims, hoping for justice and reparation, made statements to the commissioners in hearings all over South Africa, as did seven thousand perpetrators, who, encouraged by the possibility of amnesty, came forward to confess their crimes. Truth & Lies pairs more than 100 beautifully wrought black-and-white photographs, combining portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography with recorded testimony and interviews, which provide a deeply personal perspective on one of the most important social and political transitions of our time. Major new essays by Michael Ignatieff, professor of the practice of human rights policy at Harvard University, and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, South African psychologist and member of the TRC, assess the legacy of the commission's work for South Africa, and, indeed, the world. 115 b/w photographs.
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