I started walking the streets of downtown Johannesburg a few years ago, before the current wave of regeneration, observing the historic architectural landscape and public art of the city and recording it with my phone camera.
It’s a fascinating downtown area – 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. Many buildings are still abandoned. So many aspirations, ambitions and dreams are caught in the details of each facade.
Most of this series was made using lithographic plates of photographic images (my own and archival), in the studio of Joe LeGate at LL Editions 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.
The exception is the doorways image which is a full colour giclee print, in an edition of 50.