1998 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Gideon Mendel

Network Photographers for Condé Nast Traveler

01 January, 1997

American tourists watch San bushmen as they manufacture hand-crafted souvenirs. The San bushmen have been moved to a site near Cape Town to set up this tourist village. The traditional lifestyle of the hunter-gatherers of southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa) known as bushmen is on the edge of extinction. Yet a few villages continue their attempts to be self-sufficient, supplementing what the land yields with a little cattle farming.

About the photographer

Gideon Mendel

Born in Johannesburg in 1959, he studied psychology and African history at the University of Cape Town. Following his studies he became a freelance photographer, photographing ch...

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