A photographic exhibition by John Liebenberg
At Res gallery from 16.04.13 / 29.05.2013
John Liebenberg is recognised for his significant role as a photojournalist covering the Namibian struggle for independence and South Africa’s ‘Border War’ during the 1980s, and for his valuable visual record of the Angolan civil war.
Uniquely, Liebenberg was able to cover both sides of the conflict, generating a portfolio of images which shows the impact of the war on civilians and conscripts, SA forces and freedom fighters.
Liebenberg was among the top selling photographers at a recent auction of fine South Africa photography at Stephan Welz & Co, a benefit event which enabled the hip operation to keep him walking and working.
In 2010, Prof Christo Doherty’s BOS, an exhibition of constructed imagery based in part on Liebenberg’s photos, shed light on unseen aspects of the Border War, enabling a deeper understanding of a devastating conflict.
That led to Resolution owner and curator Ricardo Fornoni meeting John Liebenberg, and discovering in his archive an important record shot from both sides of the war, often in secrecy and at great personal risk.
“John’s inherent understanding and sympathy for the human experience enabled him to capture the most dramatic and important images of a war now largely forgotten,” Fornoni says. “We are now proud to make this history and Liebenberg’s body of work available to a wider audience.”