Stories No. 1: Train Church – Santu Mofokeng


Title:  Stories No. 1: Train Church
Author: Santu Mofokeng
Publisher: Steidl
Edition:  1st softcover printing, 2016
ISBN: 9783869309712

Condition:  New – still sealed

Over the course of a few weeks in 1986, aboard the crowded and precarious Soweto-Johannesburg train he took to and from his job as a darkroom printer, Santu Mofokeng photo – graphed a ritual he witnessed daily. His fellow commuters, working-class residents from the surrounding townships, would spontaneously begin to sing. Bible-wielding preach – ers would sermonize, prayers would be uttered, and mur – murs would gradually build into a raucous chorus replete with clapping, bell-ringing, dancing, and improvised drums. “These pictures capture two of the most significant features of South African life,” Mofokeng says, “the experience of commuting (migrancy) and the pervasiveness of spirituality.” The first of a defining series of photo-essays by Mofokeng that Steidl will release in the coming years, Train Church is the photographer’s earliest long-form story-newly revised and expanded, and brought palpably to life in an oversize format. – Foot stomping and gyrating-a packed train is turned into a church.

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Weight 750 g