‘Mr. Mkhize’ is a short documentary of a three-month journey photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin undertook in 2003, commissioned by the South African government. What makes it remarkable is not just the silence in between the portraits, usually reserved for a photography exhibition’s catalogue, but also the fact that some parts in the series (some of them very intimate) seem to carry the subjects that were later picked up by other (South African) photographers (such as in Pieter Hugo’s The Bereaved, Jodi Bieber’s Real Beauty, or Mikhael Subotzky’s Beaufort West and Ponte City).

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