The Bang-bang Club : Snapshots from a Hidden War, Paperback

The Bang-bang Club : Snapshots from a Hidden War Paperback

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The Bang-Bang Club was a group of four young war photographers, friends and colleagues: Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, war correspondants during the last years of apartheid, who took many of the photographs that encapsulate the final violent years of racist white South Africa.

Two of them won Pulitzer Prizes for individual photos.

Ken, the oldest and a mentor to the others, died, accidentally shot while working; Kevin, the most troubled of the four, committed suicide weeks after winning his Pulitzer for a photograph of a starving baby in the Sudanese famine.

Written by Greg and Joao, The Bang-Bang Club tells their uniquely powerful war stories.

It tells the story of four remarkable young men, the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering, the relationships between the four and the story of the end of apartheid.

An immensely powerful, riveting and harrowing book, and an invakuable contribution to the literary genre of war photography.

An eye-opening book for readers of Susan Sontag.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 16 illustrations
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780099281498



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An powerful and eye-opening look at the township war in South Africa in the early '90's. Well worth a read.

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The Bang Bang Club tells the story of a group of South African journalists who attempted to document the bloody and gruelling transition of South Africa out of apartheid. This is a book full of interesting anecdotes and exciting action which presents the South African political situation as seen through the eyes of South Africans.

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