Photography exhibition

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Date(s) - 2019-04-06 - 2019-05-04
10:00 am - 2:00 am

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Phone: 0216855686

UCT Irma Stern Museum
Cecil Road Rosebank
Cape Town
Western Cape


Photographer, Kathryn Gordon Bernstein’s exhibition, titled, The Long Street Baths, is “a personal journey steeped in nostalgia yet relevant today. An asthmatic child, instead of being coddled, my father took be swimming. My favourite place was the Long Street Baths. The water, light and patterns on the mosaics captivated me, and still do.

The interior is like a cathedral that comes alive as people pass through it all day. Up until 1986 the complex was proclaimed a whites-only area but now it’s a melting pot of different races, cultures, ages and professions. Jewish and Muslim men talking about the olden days give way to children from affluent areas and from townships, swimming together, their laughter reverberating from the high ceiling.

I thank my dad for his unconditional love. His persistence paid off in so many ways. I remember the first camera he bought me and how he used to save the old National Geographic magazines for me from his charity book stall that he ran. He was a man among men who devoted his life to charity, helping others without wanting praise or publicity for himself. I thank him for the love of photography and swimming he passed on to me.”