Leicester Museum & Art Gallery: »South Africa in the 1970s − Photographs by Steve Bloom«

Beneath the surface

Photographer Steve Bloom rose to prominence in the 1970s with his series of photographs of apartheid in South Africa. The Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is now bringing it back into the spotlight. The exhibition South Africa in the 1970s − Photographs by Steve Bloom opens on February 4.

February 04, 2023

They show the tensions of the times and portray desperate people. The photographs Steve Bloom made in 1976 about apartheid in South Africa are moving − and still socially relevant. They were first exhibited in London in 1977 and subsequently published internationally. At the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, selected photographs from the Beneath the Surface series are now on view in the exhibition South Africa in the 1970s − Photographs by Steve Bloom. The presentation runs from February 4 to May 14 and also includes posters and other artifacts from the anti-apartheid movement.

South African photographer Steve Bloom was born in 1953 and documented life in his homeland during apartheid at an early age. In 1977, he moved to London, where he founded a successful photographic special effects company. In this context, he designed, among other things, the official posters for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Bloom is also known as a wildlife photographer and has won numerous awards such as the Power of Photography Award.Art.Salon

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