Bear Books Interview with Tanya Zack Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises


Fourthwall Books new releases are:

UP UP: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises presents a selection of buildings in the inner city of Johannesburg. The focus here is on tall modernist towers that quickly became iconic in the architecture of the city. Witnesses to profound shifts in the political history of the metropolis, the skyscrapers have themselves endured immense changes.

The Johannesburg Gas Works is the first comprehensive publication on the significant site, it tells the story of the Gas Works and the manufacture of gas in Johannesburg, beginning in 1927. It includes essays by Clive Chipkin and Alex Opper that explore the architectural importance of the incredible buildings, the story of gas production in Johannesburg, the role of gas workers in the industrial development of the city, and the possible future prospects for the site.

Sometimes I make money one day of the week by Lisa King, is the inaugural book of the Fourthwall Books Photobook Award. Lisa King photographed at the ZSE from 2011 to 2014. Her project is a reflection on the physical and symbolic space that it occupied in Zimbabwe, and a portrait of the people who participated in its rare form of exchange. Her photographs, and Sean Christie’s incisive essay, suggest that the rise and fall of the stock exchange is indicative of the transformations in the country’s sociopolitical landscape, and of the resourcefulness and resilience of the traders and Zimbabweans in general.

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