Exhibition: Africa By Africa

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The Independent Culture
While exploring the technical and stylistic development of photography in the sub-Saharan region, "Africa by Africa" poignantly documents some of the social history of that continent this century. As vintage prints evolve to colour, the attitude of the artists and subjects towards their work alters and the narrow focus on identification portraits widens to produce images of artistic and personal value. Santu Mofokeng and Zwelethu Mthethwa (including Untitled 1995-96, above) are among those who provide a social commentary as they explore themes of spirituality and comradeship in both rural and urban African communities.

Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2 (0171-382 7105) Fri to 28 Mar