Drone Photography Captures How Apartheid Has Shaped South African Cities
Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller exposes the stark divide created by apartheid, exhibited in the architecture left behind
The institutional implementation of apartheid divided the country of Africa beginning in 1948 and lasted until 1994. For nearly 50 years, the country was divided by race, segregating resources and embedding inequality into the nation. Walls, buildings and factories were built to divide wealthy towns from the poor and in some cases, rickety tin shacks stand within earshot of wealthy estates. Cape Town-based photographer Johnny Miller took it upon himself to visually depict the stark economic divide in the country, creating a photo series surrounding the topic titled Unequal Scenes.
The body of work showcases aerial views of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban photographed by drone. From above, it’s hard to ignore the patterns of apartheid and post-apartheid urban planning depicted throughout the architecture within the various cities.