Ian Berry: the pictures, the man behind the camera

By Simon Barrow
August 13, 2013

Magnum photographer Ian Berry first set out to South Africa as a boy of 17 years, recording ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances.

His latest extraordinary exhibition, In Sight of Peace, takes us on the journey from apartheid to freedom in South Africa, with many poignant moments and images along the way.

A talk exploring the fascinating story of Berry's work will take place in the Hall at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh), from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Wednesday 14th August, as part of Just Festival, alongside some of his most challenging and moving pictures - £5 admission.

Then from 2-3pm there will be a conversation on The Role of Photojournalism in Peacebuilding, again in St John's Hall for £5.

Returning many times over the next 40 years, Berry was to capture some of the most significant moments in South Africa's journey from segregation and inequality towards justice and reconciliation.

His iconic photographs form a remarkable documentary record of the collapse of the old racist system, the rise of Nelson Mandela, and the challenges facing South Africa in this present moment.

In Sight of Peace is viewable throughout Just Festival, from 10.00am - 1.30pm each day (not Saturday).

Full booking details: http://www.justjust.org/#%21in-conversation-with-ian-berry/c5on

Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

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© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia and a media adviser for Just Festival.

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