South Africa- Past & Present
Down in South Africa, police were not only forced to wear preposterously silly hats, but they were also denied shoes as part of the uniform. Since these men were photographed sometime between 1890 and 1923, this wasn’t just some weird part of apartheid either –presumably all police officers went without shoes regardless of race.
Margaret Bourke-White: Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1950 At the end of 1949, LIFE magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White on assignment to South Africa for a few months. There, in a gold mine near Johannesburg, at a depth of nearly 5000 feet (1500 m) and in blistering heat, she made the photograph of the two black miners drenched in sweat - a photograph that she herself declared to be one of her favourite pictures.