The Photographer who woke up from the Dead - Mohlouoa T. Ramakatane

Throughout his career as a Lesotho portraitist, Mohlouoa T. Ramakatane, collected papers, photographs, and negatives to document his 50+ year career, including his role as official portraitist of the royal family.

The archive of photographer Mohlouoa T. Ramakatane, the renowned portraitist of Lesotho, sheds light on Lesotho’s history and cultural memory as distinct and separate from those of South Africa. This project will digitize his personal archive, including papers, photographs, and negatives to document his 50+ year career taking portraits in his studio and as the official portraitist of the royal family. The archive also contains evidence of his activist work in Lesotho and South Africa, including materials from Sharpeville.

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Location: Lesotho, Southern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP), Photography Legacy Project Project partner(s): Photography Legacy Project; Lesotho National Museum Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,000 Commencement Date: 12/2020 Project Status: Completed
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