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    Bergie, Cape Town 1976.

In the mid 1970s, Steve Bloom took to the streets and townships to photograph people at a critical moment in the history of apartheid-era South Africa, when the first real cracks appeared. This photograph is of homeless people who were known as ‘bergies’. The word is derived from the Afrikaans word ‘mountain’, because they originally found shelter on the slopes of Table Mountain. Many were addicted to methylated spirit. 
Click here to see a gallery of Steve Blooms photographs.

    Bergie, Cape Town 1976.

    In the mid 1970s, Steve Bloom took to the streets and townships to photograph people at a critical moment in the history of apartheid-era South Africa, when the first real cracks appeared. This photograph is of homeless people who were known as ‘bergies’. The word is derived from the Afrikaans word ‘mountain’, because they originally found shelter on the slopes of Table Mountain. Many were addicted to methylated spirit.

    Click here to see a gallery of Steve Blooms photographs.

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