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Between Dogs & Wolves is the culmination of over ten years work by the award winning South African photographer Jodi Bieber. Beginning in 1994 after South Africa’s first democratic elections, the book focuses on a generation of young people growing up on the fringes of South African society. Bieber takes us into one of the toughest neighbourhoods of Johannesburg – into a world where gangs rule, where children live with HIV/Aids, and where prostitutes vary their rates depending on the colour of their clients. We meet David, a 19 year-old living life on the edge, in the poor white neighbourhood of Fitas; but we also discover children training as dancers and musicians, as well as a father and son trapeze act – all have their dreams of escaping their reality.
This is a book that deals with the loss of innocence, and the instinct for survival – metaphors for the struggle that South Africa itself has faced over many decades. It is a world that resonates powerfully with both dreams and failures.