Waiting – Jason Larkin


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While living in Johannesburg, British photographer Jason Larkin was struck by the ever-present reality of people waiting.

This state of expectation was, for him, a visual echo of an in-between state that many people in South Africa can find themselves in. Larkin was drawn to those who sought shelter from the harsh summer sun by positioning themselves in the shade. Here the features of individuals are obscured, leaving only the subtlety of posture and the details of place. Omitting any reference to the purpose or outcome of each wait, Larkin simply records, beside each image, the duration of the wait.

As part of the project, the website waiting today shows the photographs plus a collection of essays, poems and stories on the theme of waiting.

‘Waiting’ opens a wealth of possible readings into contemporary life in South Africa.
Even the most everyday experiences are inflected by larger forces, as Jason Larkin subtly demonstrates with his series ‘Waiting’.
Jason Larkin’s book ‘Waiting’ collects photographs of South Africans waiting in the shade, which reveals a story that goes beyond the superficial.

Co-published by: Photoworks and Fourthwall Books
Edition of 500
Printed by: EBS, Verona
Book Design: Oliver Barstow

40 pages, 18 colour plates
33 cm x 29.5 cm
Swiss binding
Top edge spine

Jason Larkin (b 1979) is a British photographer, internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. Jason lived in Johannesburg from 2011 to 2013. He is the author of Cairo Divided, After The Mines, and Tales From The City Of Gold.


This project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

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