Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva are the only surviving members of the original four members from the Bang Bang Club, and are co-authors of the autobiographical book titled The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, recently adapted for the cinema. The book is based on selected experiences and fragmented memories linked to the now vintage, highly collectible photographs. The Rooke Gallery is the sole representative of the Bang Bang Club’s vintage photographic material. All the texts in the Bang Bang Club book are pieced-together memories, based on specific photographs that are available for purchase from the Rooke Gallery.
The Bang Bang Club turned photojournalism into an art form, going to extraordinary lengths to capture the horrors that still reverberate throughout South Africa. Without such artistic grit the violence and poverty brought about by the Apartheid regime may not have been as intensely protested. The international headlines created by these photographs introduced the world to the scarring events circa 1990 to 1994. The demise of Apartheid and the birth of Democracy in South Africa was a tumultuous period, and life-threatening opportunities to photograph history-in-the-making were plentiful.
Greg Marinovich is an award-winning conflict photographer and co-author of the book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War. Known for his work during the 90s in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections, Marinovich is also recognized as the chief photographer in Israel and Palestine for the Associated Press. He is one of two South African Pulitzer Prize alumni, awarded for his achievement in Spot News Photography. Other accolades include a Leica Award and a Visa d’Or.
João Silva is an internationally recognized war photographer and co-author of the book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War. Silva has photographed conflict areas all around the world, notably in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Amongst his numerous accolades, Silva is an alumnus of the World Press Photo award. Due to unforeseen circumstances Silva lost both his legs in a landmine accident in Southern Afghanistan whilst documenting the strife in the area.