Truth and Lies: Stories from the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission in South Africa

Truth and Lies: Stories from the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission in South Africa


By (author) Jillian Edelstein, Introduction by Michael Ignatieff

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 248mm x 20mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862074461
  • ISBN 13: 9781862074460
  • Illustrations note: 120 duotone photographs

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate more than 30 years of human rights violations under apartheid. Jillian Edelstein returned to her native South Africa to photograph the work of this committee and was present at some of the most important hearings, such as that of Winnie Mandela. Portraits are combined with accounts of the treatment suffered under the former system. The project lasted for the duration of four years and involved photographing the victims and perpetrators of crimes committed under apartheid. A record of the atrocities committed and the fight to win justice.

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Jillian Edelstein's photographs have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Photographer's Gallery, London; in France at the International Festival, Arles and the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, where she won the Visa d'Or in 1997; and at the Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg. Her portraits have been published in many periodicals including the New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, National Geographic and the New Yorker.