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Give peace a chance, Soweto
Peter Magubane
Artwork 1976
Peter Magubane’s monochrome photograph ‘Give peace a chance, Soweto’ shows an individual standing in a road making peace signs with both hands held high at the front, and large vehicles at the back.
Artwork: Peter Magubane, Give peace a chance, Soweto (1976). Photographic print. 29.5 x 44 cm. Courtesy of Goodman Gallery.
Artist Peter Magubane Title Give peace a chance, Soweto Date 1976 Materials Photographic print Dimensions 29.5 x 44 cm Edition Edition of 10 Credit Courtesy of Goodman Gallery

Magubane was influential in persuading youth in Soweto to allow journalists to cover the 1976 protests and the weeks of violence that followed, telling schoolchildren, “A struggle without documentation is no struggle”. Give Peace a Chance is one such document.

Peter Magubane is recognised for his fearlessness in documenting apartheid’s subjugation of black South Africans. He was arrested on numerous occasions and sentenced to nearly 600 days in solitary confinement. In Magubane’s words: “I did not want to leave the country to find another life. I was going to stay and fight with my camera as my gun. I did not want to kill anyone, though. I wanted to kill apartheid.”