Katharine Cooper is a South African portrait and and social documentary photographer. After her studies and an apprenticeship under Lucien Clerque in Arles, she went back to South Africa and Zimbabwe to document the white minority, a subject shrouded in taboo. Her series ‘White Africans. A voyage to the homeland’ received the photography award of the Académie des Beaux-arts, Paris in 2013.
Cooper started making several journeys a year to the Middle East in 2015, and became one of the few women photographers to cover the aftermath of the latest wars in Syria and Iraq. In 2016 she was amongst the first photojournalist to visit Palmyra, three days after its liberation from Islamic terrorists. At other times she was a mere ten minutes’ drive from the atrocities.
The exhibition at Flatland examines how Cooper’s social and war photography can be interpreted as artist documentary combining an esthetic sensibility with a need to inform. Her book ‘Aleppo, mon amour’ will be launched during Amsterdam Art Weekend.
Image credits: Katharine Cooper, Tobacco girl, Odzi Farm, Zimbabwe 2004, Courtesy of Flatland Gallery