Mikhael SUBOTZKY and Patrick Waterhouse worked at Ponte City, the iconic Johannesburg apartment building and Africa’s tallest residential skyscraper, for more than six years, photographing its residents and exhaustively documenting the building—every door, the view from every window, the image on every television screen. A sequence of essays and documentary texts is also integrated into the visual story.
This expanded edition, 'Ponte City Revisited. 54 Storeys', by Mikhael SUBOTZKY & Patrick Waterhouse includes images not included in the original, as well as installation shots from the project’s exhibitions around the world. In the essays, some of South Africa’s leading scholars and writers explore Ponte City’s unique place in Johannesburg and in the imagination of its citizens. What emerges is a complex portrait of a place shaped by contending projections, a single, unavoidable building seen as refuge and monstrosity, dreamland and dystopia, a lightning rod for a society’s hopes and fears.
Single photo volume, hardcover with 416 pp. and 266 photos. Edited with text by Ivan Vladislavic. Introduction by Clément Chéroux. Text by Lindsay Bremner, Denis Hirson, Harry Kalmer, Kgebetli Moele, Sean O’Toole, et al.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse: Ponte City Revisited.'