Unequal Scenes

"In places of racial, economic, or civic inequality, architecture can play a central role in furthering that divide. In South Africa, for example, where the institutionalization of apartheid divided the country and its resources by race (sic) from 1948 to 1994, a history of separation and inequality is permanently carved into the built environment. Physical barriers like walls, buildings, and factories often divide wealthy neighborhoods from poor townships on the edge of town. In other cases, tin shacks are just a stone's throw away from wealthy estates with swimming pools.

Johnny Miller, an American photographer who lives in Cape Town, maintains that the full picture of these discrepancies can be harder to see—or at least, easier to ignore—from the ground. His photo series, Unequal Scenes, shows aerial views of areas of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban that he took by drone. From the air, patterns of apartheid and post-apartheid urban planning still shows a stark divide between rich and poor, and in many cases, white and nonwhite."


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