Picks and Pans Review: Black Child

updated 05/10/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/10/1982 01:00AM

by Peter Magubane

Magubane, 50, a black South African photographer, has worked for the magazine Drum and the Rand Daily Mail, a Johannesburg newspaper, as well as for such publications as TIME and Geo. He was imprisoned for nearly two years without charge under the "Terrorism Act." This book is an album of his striking pictures of children, taken all over South Africa. What is surprising is that the children's faces are so often smiling, mischievous, filled with the miraculous beauty and optimism that children can muster under even the ugliest situations. There is, inevitably, a limit even to that resiliency. Magubane writes, "Every year more black children are old enough to be angry." The last picture in his book is of the grave of Hector Peterson, the first person to die in the 1976 riots in the black ghetto of Soweto; he was 13. (Knopf, $8.95)

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