Manenberg – built as a dormitory suburb for the working people of the city – is the product and symbol of dispossession and extrusion from Cape Town’s heart. Here, in a mirror image of the beautiful and desirable city, life is lived at the very edge. And yet for all the distance that separates the township from the wealthy suburbs and central district, Manenberg is inextricably part of the Mother City, exuding a vibrancy and energy that attracts, affronts, confounds.
Of his time spent photographing the place, David Lurie says: “I was welcomed, entertained, amused; I was also frightened, bewildered, often disorientated, incredulous.”
His portraits of a place and a people arrest us with their unsparing honesty and painstaking care.