In The Shadow of Table Mountain
Factreton is located in a region that has been plagued by a complex web of issues rooted in segregationist Apartheid-era laws. Only a 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Factreton is worlds apart from the wealthy suburbs at the foot of the world famous Table Mountain. Charlie Shoemaker’s photographs reveal a community battling to cope with some of the highest homicide rates in the country, widespread drug addiction, gang problems, poor education and high unemployment.
Shoemaker is an American documentary photographer currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to his time in South Africa, Charlie spent over a year living in Uganda covering East Africa. He is this year’s winner of the Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award for his series In The Shadow of Table Mountain (2014), which captures images of life in Factreton, a small suburb in the Cape Flats, an infertile area of land just outside of Cape Town.
Shoemaker’s work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Aperture and many other publications. In 2014, he was named one of Magnum Photo’s 30 Under 30. Most recently, his work Rights of Passage was on view at the Venice Agendas Festival in Venice, Italy (May 2015).