“Remarkable images with a haunting authenticity and freshness” – Bill Ruprecht Former President & CEO, Sothebys New York
We learn the most about an artist from looking at their work. ‘Ju/’hoansi Bushmen of the Kalahari’ by South African photographer David Bruce, teaches us about both the subject and the artist. It’s a story of one man’s authentic connection and commitment to delicately documenting his intimate encounters with the indigenous Ju/’hoan people of Namibia - depicting the remains of a culture surviving far from the modern world. This project marks a relationship of 25 years, in which the Ju/’hoan began calling David Bruce ‘Bagon/hui’ – “The man who hears” – for although he wears a bone-anchor hearing-aid, David is an artist who truly listens.
Born in South Africa in 1963, David Bruce studied art and graphic design in Capetown before travelling to the London College of Printing where he began working as a photographer in the eighties. A career in creative advertisement awaited, but was left waiting, when David became enthralled by the native bushmen of northeast Namibia: the Ju/‘hoansi. This was the last remaining indigenous culture on the ancestral land of Namibia. Deeply intrigued, David Bruce left London to begin building a relationship with the Ju/’hoansi. It would last two and a half decades.