Jürgen Schadeberg

San Trance Dance

05.07.22 > 06.08.22

he work of JÜRGEN SCHADEBERG (1931-2020) is back in Paris with SAN TRANCE DANCE presented from 2 July to 9 August at Bonne Espérance Gallery, 3 rue Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, 75002 Paris. Opening July 5.

Documenting the last of the hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa, this report produced in 1959 is an exceptional testimony to a ritual and secret dance practiced for more than 44000 years.

The San are amongst the oldest known civilization in the world, spread across Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola.

Jürgen Schadeberg (1931-2020) is considered the father of South African photography: co-founder of the iconic Drum magazine; he was a rare white witness accepted by the black community. From 1951 Jürgen documented the daily life under apartheid, the great jazz stars, and historic political figures including Nelson Mandela, from his famous speech in 1951, to his release.

“As a photojournalist, you photograph life, reality, how people live, conditions, people as they are, who they are; you get involved with their activities themselves.” Jürgen Schadeberg (1931-2020)