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The Bang-Bang Club is a memoir of a time of rivalry, comradeship, machismo, and exhilaration experienced by a band of young South African photographers as they documented their country's transition to democracy. We forget too easily the political and ethnic violence that wracked South Africa as apartheid died a slow, spasmodic death. Supporters of the ANC and Inkatha fought bloody battles every day. The white security forces were complicit in fomenting and enabling some of the worst violence. All the while, the Bang-Bang Club took pictures. And while they did, they were faced with the moral dilemma of how far they should go in pursuit of an image, and whether there was a point at which they should stop their shooting and try to intervene.
This is a riveting and appalling book. It is simply written--these guys are photographers, not writers--but extremely engaging. They were adrenaline junkies who partied hard and prized the shot above all else. None of them was a hero; these men come across as overweeningly ambitious, egotistical, reckless, and selfish, though also brave and even principled. As South Africans, they were all invested in their country's future, even though, as whites, they were strangers in their own land as they covered the Hostel wars in the black townships. The mixture of the romantic appeal of the war correspondent with honest assessments of their personal failings is part of what makes this account so compelling and so singular among books of its ilk. --J. Riches --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In all it is written simply which makes it an easy read and highly recommended.
Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe) is a free lance photographer in and around Soweto and follows his instincts for a good story by wandering into dangerous territory.
There is a gripping, raw and ultimately, compassionate, quality about the writing, and the photos powerfully convey the horrors that this country went through.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book and this are epic war stories, but the narrative feels dull sometimes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Bayer
A philosophical ethic's book that is easy to read. A great story about photographers that makes a living by risking their lives to obtain controversial pictures of war. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MAN HONG WAN
i got this book just in time for a school project. this book was sent in great condition for the price!Published 6 months ago by hlynn
I thought the kindle version had no images, but they are in the middle of the book. I'm assuming the paperback is the same way, but when the book refers to images early on, I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lance
"The Vulture and the Sudanese Child" The photos was taken by Kevin Carter on march 11, 1993 is the most sadness picture I have ever seen in my life and I can never remove it from... Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by pie
This is a difficult book to read. Stylistically it's well written, but the subject matter is bleak. It is a story of a country that is pulled in so many directions by the factions... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Fiona Leonard
Compelling personal story of the brave--thrill seeking?--photographers that covered the violence in South Africa's ghettos before Madella's election; and an equally compelling... Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by rogercraine
A challenging, but totally engrossing read. I found myself pulled back into events that I experienced as a student in 1990's South Africa, and learning and understanding a great... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by G. Elston
THE BANG BANG CLUB, A MOVIE TIE-IN is as fine an introduction to the quality of the film just released, a film based on this book. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Grady Harp