South African photographer, Zwelethu Mthethwa's first self-titled monograph is now available through Aperture Foundation. Mthethwa's intimate portraits confront the recent fall of apartheid and begin to explore the massive political, cultural and economic changes that are present in South Africa.
His camera brings him to the edges of the Cape's Shanty Town, where he photographs the people and domestic spaces that exist outside the city. His portraits act as both evidence of a quickly changing city and as a form of contemporary portraiture that forces us to confront the people looking back at us.
Zwelethu Mthethwa received his BFA from the Michael School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, and then, on a Fulbright Scholarship, he received his MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mthethwa has been included in several biennales, including the 2005 Venice Biennale.