Platinum is a mini-publication by photographer Jason Larkin and writer Jack Shenker. It examines the Marikana massacre and the physical and political context of the communities of South Africa’s platinum mining industry. Breaking with traditional photobook format, Platinum combines large-format posters and an incisive, wide-ranging essay in English and Xhosa. This timeous publication explores the build up to and the implications of one of the most critical events in South Africa’s recent history.
Jason Larkin is a British photographer, inter-nationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage. Jason lived in Johannesburg from 2011 to 2013.
Jack Shenker is writer based in London and Cairo. Formerly Egypt correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, his work has covered Gaza, Central Asia, Southern Africa, the US, the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines.