The portraits of the applicants

Paul Alberts 'The portraits of the applicants' 1994albertsPaul

© Paul Alberts ‘The portraits of the applicants’ 1994

As the 1994 election approached in South-Africa many blacks living in small towns and rural areas had never been officially identified. In order to speed up these otherwise slow procedures, Charmaine and Paul Alberts set up an official, but temporary office and studio to process applications. The portraits of the applicants were taken before a paper back drop in the community hall of Majwemasweu. Each person held a slate with a number that corresponded to the number of the film and exposure, plus their name and place where they lived. © Paul Alberts