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South African (b. 1960)
Mthethwa’s subjects are South African sugarcane cutters photographed in the fields where they work. Amidst the beauty of their surroundings, the workers’ layered clothing and machetes remind us of the hard work and harsh conditions they endure. Mthethwa\'s photographs highlight the individualism and creativity of his subjects in the face of such adversity and reflect how they wish to be perceived in their surroundings.
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