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Truth & Lies
Jillian Edelstein

Truth & Lies, Jillian Edelstein

Truth & Lies,
Jillian EdelsteinTruth & Lies
Jillian Edelstein
Granta Books


196 pages
202 x 251 mm
ISBN 9781862074460


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate more than thirty years of human rights violations under apartheid. Jillian Edelstein returned to her native South Africa to photograph the work of this committee and was present at some of the most important hearings, including that of Winnie Mandela. In Truth and Lies, portraits of those who testified are accompanied by their stories. The result is a powerful and moving record of the atrocities committed under apartheid and the fight to make the truth known.

About the Artist
Edelstein was born and grew up in South Africa. She graduated as a social worker before starting work as a press photographer in Johannesburg in 1981. She moved to London in 1985 and began working as a freelance photographer in 1986. Her portraits have appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Times MagazineVanity FairTime and the New Yorker. Edelstein has received a number of awards including the Visa d’Or at the International Festival of photojournalism in Perpignan (1997) for her work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her book Truth & Lies resulting from this project was published in 2002.

About the Publisher
Granta is a literary magazine and publisher in the United Kingdom whose mission centres on its “belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.”