Profile Interview | Gregory "Greg" Marinovich

Gregory "Greg" Marinovich was born in South Africa in 1962. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and is co-author of The Bang Bang Club, a nonfiction book on South Africa's transition to democracy. He spent 25 years of his life doing news and documentary photography around the globe.

Marinovich won the Alan Paton Award for The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre. In the days after the massacre, Marinovich arrived in Marikana before first light. His Daily Maverick colleague Mandy de Waal had written about University of Johannesburg academic, Peter Alexander and his team’s research suggesting that there was another killing site apart from the shootings caught on camera.

It was one of the most shocking things that has happened in our recent history.

Gregory Marinovich, Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Photo Editor and Member of the Bang-Bang Club

“I’ve seen enough of these massacres, these murder scenes,” said the Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, renowned for covering the violence during the transition towards democracy and later working in conflict zones around the world.

At what was later called the “small koppie” or “scene two”, he saw police markings identifying fatalities, blood and bullet marks. It dawned on everyone there that there was more to the story.

Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre is about conflicting narratives. There’s Marikana where the police hid details of the killings to support their claim that officers acted in self-defence. Then there’s South Africa, where inequality and violence thrives, in contrary to the hope embedded in ideas of the miracle nation and Nelson Mandela’s rainbow-ism. Marinovich’s book exposes these contradictions.

Marikana was not the first betrayal of the ANC voter by the ANC, but it was what really brought into sharp focus.

Gregory Marinovich, Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Photo Editor and Member of the Bang-Bang Club

Marinovich highlights that if the state can get away with murdering 34 people in a day and publicly lie about it, then it’s no surprise leaders haven’t taken accountability for the exposures of the Gupta email leaks.

I think Marikana is so significant for us. It’s such a point of no return. The bar was lifted on what they can get away with publicly.

Gregory Marinovich, Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Photo Editor and Member of the Bang-Bang Club.

Marinovich is now based in the United States after receiving a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard. He also received a Taco Kuiper grant to assist his writing on Marikana. He currently leads a photojournalism unit at Boston University and is working on his next book. He’s doubtful Marikana’s victims will ever achieve the justice they seek, but he hopes his work might help to at least expose their truths.

Greg Marinovich: Murder At Small Koppie, The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre

To hear the full interview, click on the audio below...


This article first appeared on 702 : Profile Interview | Gregory "Greg" Marinovich


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Bafana Bafana star raises awareness around mental health

Bafana Bafana star raises awareness around mental health

Bafana Bafana soccer star Delron Buckley uses his book 'My Life' to raise awareness for mental health.

Mbalula to deploy newly resurrected TRT to Marikana after 11 killed

Mbalula to deploy newly resurrected TRT to Marikana after 11 killed

The Minister will also meet and engage with the community of Marikana in Philippi and families who lost loved ones.

Too late for ANC to redeem itself on Marikana - analyst

Too late for ANC to redeem itself on Marikana - analyst

On Tuesday Dlamini-Zuma was denied entry to lay a wreath on the Marikana koppie where 34 striking miners were shot dead in 2012.

Listeners: Dlamini-Zuma should have addressed Marikana issue long ago

Listeners: Dlamini-Zuma should have addressed Marikana issue long ago

CapeTalk/702's listeners weigh in on Dlamini-Zuma being chased out of Marikana on Tuesday.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana was a rude awakening - Karima Brown

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma visit to Marikana was a rude awakening - Karima Brown

Dlamini-Zuma was chased away from the koppie at Marikana as she tried to lay a wreath to commentate the massacre of mineworkers.

The chilling tale of Marikana told through song

The chilling tale of Marikana told through song

'Marikana - The Musical' Aubrey Sekhabi's adaptation of a novel by journos entitled “We are going to kill each other today".

Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre

Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre

Redi Tlhabi says Greg Marinovich's book about Marikana reflects everything that is wrong with our society.

Popular articles
WCED 'extremely concerned' by recent child abductions in Cape Town

WCED 'extremely concerned' by recent child abductions in Cape Town

MEC of Education Debbie Schäfer confirmed that two girls aged 11 and 18 were abducted in Zonnebloem recently.

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

Journalist Gavin Evans says the late Mark Minnie spoke to him about his fears that those he exposed in his book might harm him.

Zille won't stop fighting to have SANDF property released for affordable housing

Zille won't stop fighting to have SANDF property released for affordable housing

Zille says properties under the control of the state should be made available for local government's affordable housing plans.

'There is no verse in the Quran that says women should cover their faces'

'There is no verse in the Quran that says women should cover their faces'

Dr Taj Hargey says he is advocating for the ban of women wearing burkas in public because they look ridiculous.

[LISTEN] IRR believes list of targeted farms is genuine

[LISTEN] IRR believes list of targeted farms is genuine

Institute for Race Relations researches Terence Corrigan explains why they believe the list Afriforum has released is genuine.