Sabelo Mlangeni's Men Only series focuses on the George Goch hostel on the East Rand of Johannesburg. Mlangeni spent several weeks in the hostel, sharing the daily routines of the tenants as he worked. Some of the photographs allude to harsh living conditions; others that capture daily chores such as cooking and ironing are quiet, tender. Some photographs show only details of arms, hands, feet: they give clues to relationships and dynamics among the residents, but do not explain them. Mlangeni found the lives that are revealed through his lens to be 'as complex as I imagined and at times as familiar as my own skin'.
Published by Stevenson | Catalogue 46, November 2009
Softcover, 36 pages | Unavailable