Introduction to GUP #20 - The Black Issue


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Black is not a colour. Black is devoid of every form of light. A photography magazine with black as its theme is in fact a contradiction in terms, because in order to take photographs light is essential. In this issue you will see images that give the impression of being ‘black’, but are not black. Such as Erik Hijweege’s black albinos or Roger Ballen’s white South Africans. And jazz played by a white person is still black music, just as blacks do not look black when they have been so colourfully photographed by Phyllis Galembo. In this issue much more ‘black’ work is presented. Stop reading and get to know the real black.

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