Skip to Content


Beaufort West

April 1, 2009

Halfway between Cape Town and Johannesberg, along South Africa’s great N1 highway, lies the small town of Beaufort West. With a prison in the middle of town, on an island in the highway, it’s a surreal road stop that offers everything a traveler might want—food, gas, a place to stay, an hour of sex. Mikhael Subotzky considers the town, its vivid characters and poignant social landscapes, in a photo essay that confronts the central issues of contemporary South African society.

Mikhael Subotzky was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His project, entitled Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners), consisted of an in-depth study of the South African prison system and received widespread acclaim both in South Africa and internationally. His project focusing on the small Karoo Desert town of Beaufort West will be exhibited in Cape Town, Amsterdam, and Verona later this year.

Readers like you make Guernica possible. Please show your support.

Tagged with:

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterAdd to BufferShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrSubmit to StumbleUpon
Submit to redditShare on App.netShare via email

You might also like

  • Rachel Friedman: In Their Own WordsRachel Friedman: In Their Own Words Eight artists on this year’s controversial Biennale of Sydney, and the ethics and politics of funding the arts.
  • gordon_12_1_11Lagos Photo Festival A selection of work from the 2011 Lagos Photo Festival by forty photographers from around the world.
  • A Fractured StateA Fractured State Michael Kirby Smith’s unprecedented and intimate look into Yemen
  • Land of Os: Living in the Shadow of AuschwitzThe Land of Oś The grandson of a Holocaust survivor visits the town that was home to Auschwitz.

Leave a comment

Subscribe without commenting