South Africa under apartheid in the 1970s

In the middle of the 1970s, as cracks were beginning to appear in South Africa’s policy of racial segregation, a young photographer set out to record what life was like under such a political system.

Then in his early 20s, Steve Bloom – now better known for his wildlife photography – witnessed the hardships facing black South Africans, and the force used by the authorities to try to quell protest.

His images – some never seen publicly before – are now going on show in central London. Take a look at some of them here.

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All images Steve Bloom/ Music by KPM Music.

‘Beneath the surface’ is at Guardian Gallery in central London from 1 to 28 June 2012. Presented by the London Festival of Photography.


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