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Friday, July 5, 2013


A new book by photographer Neville Petersen titled On Assignment in the Old SA will be launched at the National Arts Festival.

The book contains a vast collection of black and white photographs Petersen took while on assignment for various newspapers in South Africa. The period covered stretches roughly from 1981 to 1991 - the decade just before democracy.

It forms an interesting glance at a time in South Africa’s history which is often forgotten. There are many well-known faces that readers will instantly recognise and events they will recall. A wonderful mix of sport, news, celebrity and human interest stories with short captions for easy reading. It also gives the reader a peek into the life and experiences of a press photographer of that era.

The book will be available for sale at a special festival price of R400 at The Provost Café, situated on Lucas Avenue, between the Rhodes University Botany Department and the Grahamstown Botanical Gardens for the duration of the festival which runs until July 7, 2013.

For more information contact Neville on 083 729 2199 or