John Edwin Mason

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Poor White Photography

The proliferation of photographers documenting poor whites in South Africa is something to behold. This is significant since poor whites are only a fraction of the total white population — 450,000 out of  4.5 million live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive. We’ll spare you the numbers on black South

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Is This Africa?

Surely photographs are presented to convey a message, and if there’s anything I remember from my introductory photo classes as a youth, is that a photograph is all about the “frame.”  In a post called “How to...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

John Edwin Mason’s photographs of Cape Town’s New Year’s Carnival

I really like this series of photographs by University of Virginia African history and history of photography professor (and photographer), John Edwin Mason, on the Cape Town New Year’s Carnival, a series of marches, competitions and celebrations...