Die Michael Stevenson Gallery in Süd Afrika zeigt ab März Billy Monks Fotos von weißen Nachteulen in Kapstädter Clubs aus den Jahren 1967 bis 1969. Ich finde die Bilder vor allem deshalb superinteressant, weil sie den politischen Hintergrund der Zeit (Apartheid, Rassentrennung) völlig ausblenden und genau deshalb in einen seltsam unscharfen Fokus stellen.
[Billy Monk] was born in 1937, and worked as a nightclub bouncer for Les Catacombs Club in Cape Town in the late 1960s when he was around 30 years of age. He later moved to the West Coast and lived in Port Nolloth periodically until his death in 1982.
Using a Pentax camera with 35mm focal-length lens, Billy Monk photographed the nightclub revellers and sold the prints to his subjects. His close and long friendships with many of the people in the images allowed him to photograph them with extraordinary intimacy in all their states of joy and sadness. His images of nightlife seem carefree and far away from the scars and segregation of apartheid that fractured this society in the daylight.