I started walking the streets of downtown Johannesburg at dawn a few years ago, before the current wave of regeneration, observing what remains of the historical architectural landscape of the city, and tracing back the stories of the buildings and public art.
It’s an interesting city to work in as little has been built the past 3 decades, and so much remains from the past, making it like a museum of architecture – Victorian, colonial, art deco, modernist, brutalist etc buildings – many abandoned. So many aspirations, ambitions and dreams are caught in the details of each facade.
The images combine archival references dating back to the early years of the city, through to observational photographs taken with my iPhone.
I developed them using plates of the photographic images, in the studio of Joe LeGate in downtown Joburg. There are just 10 editions of each lithograph. The first purchase was of the entire series for the collection of Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America.