Domestic Lives: A View from South Africa

December 30, 2011

By Meghan Ahearn

© Ian van Coller

Flora Tebogo Mothabane. Van Coller asked the women to pose for their portraits wearing their own clothing.

The bestselling novel The Help shed light on the complex relationship between black housekeepers and the white families they care for, but that dynamic isn’t limited to the Deep South, circa 1960s. Montana-based photographer Ian van Coller, who was born in South Africa, had a similar experience while growing up in the suburbs of Johannesburg. “Due to apartheid and racial...

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