I Have Fallen – Nadine Hutton

Nadine Hutton’s I Have Fallen is an unflinching exploration of white poverty in Johannesburg. Hutton’s square format images are immediate in their power and resolute in their attempt to question any preconceptions of subject matter as finely nuanced as poverty and race in South Africa. Published as part of Oodee’s POV Female series in which groups of five female photographers each document various global cities, Hutton shows us the realities of life for a race that, in some ways at least, is now paying for its apartheid security net of guaranteed jobs. A recurring figure nicknamed “Satan” features on the cover, heroically lifting a stack of cardboard boxes with gnarly, weathered arms. Alongside him, we witness individuals begging for jobs, living out of tents and selling roadside potatoes. Optimistic notes arrive in the form of children roller-skating through crumbling streets or adorned with glow-stick spectacles. The accompanying text also shines a light on stories of surprising entrepreneurialism and invention – from homemade firelighters to the universal pleasure derived from being one’s own boss.

£18 / 28pp / May 2013 / Oodee


Reviewed by James D. Clark
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