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David Cast

(b Durban, Transvaal, Nov 21, 1910; d Newark-on-Trent, Notts, Aug 9, 1943).

British painter of South African birth. He studied at Durban School of Art and after showing his work in 1930 earned enough money to travel to London, arriving there in 1931. Some years of poverty followed, and in 1935, a year after participating in an exhibition of paintings based on abstraction from nature (see Objective Abstraction), he gave up painting and became a journalist. He returned to painting, however, after the establishment in 1937 of the Euston Road School in London by William Coldstream, whom he had met in 1934, finding in the ideas and practices of its artists a way to accommodate both his social concerns and his admiration of a tradition of painting derived from Cézanne.

In the first paintings he produced in England Bell explored the lyrical possibilities of the paintings of Duncan Grant, but after meeting Coldstream he sharpened the social focus of his work and painted in a more formally disciplined manner. This way of working is evident in his best pictures, such as ...

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South African, 20th century, male.

Also active in Sweden and the United States.

Born 21 March 1940, in Eersterust, Pretoria; died 18 February 1990, in New York.

Photojournalist, documentary photographer. Figures, city life, apartheid history.

Ernest Cole’s earliest photographs appeared in Zonk magazine. In 1958...

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South African, 21st century, male.

Born 29 October 1976, in Johannesburg.

Photojournalist, documentary photographer. Portraiture, landscape, social groups.

Pieter Hugo worked in the film industry until 1999, when he started freelancing as an editorial photographer. After publishing in Colors, an influential photo magazine, Hugo in ...

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Born 7 August 1914, in Cornwall (UK); died 3 August 2000, in Chestertown (Maryland).

Active in South Africa from 1936 to 1949.

Portraitist, photojournalist, documentary photographer. Portraiture, social groups, anthropological studies.

Constance Stuart Larrabee spent her early years in Pretoria before returning to the UK. She enrolled in ...

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South African, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 18 January 1932, in Vrededorp, Johannesburg.

Photojournalist, documentary photographer. Figures, social conflict, traditional customs.

Peter Magubane grew up in Sophiatown, a mixed-race suburb in Johannesburg razed by apartheid authorities in 1955. Employed as a messenger and driver by Drum...

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Born 1912, in Hill’s Kraal, Korsten, Port Elizabeth; died 2001, in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

Painter in watercolour and oil, draughtsman.

Apartheid prevented recognition of George Pemba’s achievements as a painter of rural, urban, and domestic South African life until he was over 70, despite his long record of exhibiting in the Eastern Cape. Awarded an MA by the University of Fort Hare, Alice, for his contribution to art in ...