Greg Marinovich is a highly regarded photojournalist, filmmaker and author who distinguished himself photographing the fatal conflicts that preceded the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1991 for a series of photographs of African National Congress supporters murdering a man they suspected of being an Inkatha Freedom Party spy. Marinovich co-authored a non-fiction book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War (Basic Books, 2000) with João Silva that took readers beyond the photographs, giving context to that tumultuous time as well as many personal stories of those involved. He won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in 2017 for Murder at Small Koppie: The real story of the Marikana Massacre, an investigative account of the events leading up to the killing of 34 striking miners in South Africa on 16 August 2012. His book Shots from the Edge: A Journalist's Encounters with Conflict and Resilience, in which he documents his experiences covering war and conflict throughout Africa and the world, was published in 2019 (Penguin Randomhouse). In 2009, Marinovich was the recipient of the Nat Nakasa award for courageous journalism; and from 2013-14 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. FRISBEE: An African National Congress aligned Self Defence Unit member plays frisbee next to blankets on a line and a severely cut tree at a braai at a safehouse in Thokoza township, South Africa, 1995. “This Self Defence Unit was under the command of Bonga Nkosi and had some of the youngest child soldiers among their fighters in the most contested section of the so called 'Dead Zone' between the Inkatha Freedom Party controlled migrant workers hostels and some surrounding houses and the ANC aligned residential suburbs.” This is the first public showing of this image, shot as part of Marinovich’s work on the child soldiers at the front lines during the end of apartheid.
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