When sociologist Steven Dubin stumbled across a collection of old studio portraits from apartheid South Africa, it brought to light the life of Sinagrum ‘Kitty’ Jeevaruthnam Moodley, a mysterious, maverick photographer who empowered those around him to resist and rebel.
Born into an Indian family in 1922, Kitty was a self-taught photographer who ran a family photo studio based in Pietermaritzburg. Quickly, the space became a bustling, independent hub, where he and his contemporaries would push the boundaries of form, tradition and creativity. As modern documentary photography grapples with an existential crisis, Kitty’s story is one that needs to be heard.
Join us at 71a London on November 14th as we, in collaboration with Dubin, celebrate an untold era in the history of photography.