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