City of Gold

457844090_229d4c3314_o2(From the upcoming 4xAfrica show at Rayko SF. Click on the image for a larger version.)

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2006.

Egoli–City of Gold–is Johannesburg’s African name, a sort of promised land for job seekers from rural South Africa, and indeed all of southern Africa. Few of these migrants get rich, of course. They fill the inner-city’s decaying apartment blocks and the ever-expanding shantytowns out on the veld, getting by however they can. But they keep coming. Here, at least, they have a chance.