The complete worker: everyday lives and struggles of black workers, 1983-2018

Photographer William Matlala is showcasing his work at the Apartheid museum.

Matlala has been capturing images of the ordinary worker from 1983 to date.

He began working on his photographs in the 1980s, while working in a factory in Wadeville. He subsequently became employed as a photographer for COSATU, recording workers’ lives, tracing their movements from union meetings to work and into their homes in the townships, hostels and compounds with a remarkable degree of insider access.

I discovered a small camera which was my father's. I saw it laying down and I asked my mother if I can use it. She spoke to my father and I was given the camera.

William Matlala, Photographer

Along the road, I took some classes where I ended up having a certificate and a diploma in photography.

William Matlala, Photographer

The exhibition ends on 15 October 2018.

Listen to how Matlala has been collecting these photographs...


This article first appeared on 702 : The complete worker: everyday lives and struggles of black workers, 1983-2018


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