The beautiful people of Namibia's slums

 

Photos and text by Jacob Holdt

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Men in the slums

I cannot say that I know the men in Namibia's slum very well since I spent all my time with "their" women. For the most part they were not around - not even at night. They were working far away or more often looking for work. Those I did get to know were those who had given up and who would often sit and drink all day.  This does not make too interesting photography and my stay was too short to get comfortable enough with them - such as in American ghettos - to photograph their frequent gang activities at night when I felt safer around the women or in gay bars.
 

       
Man in Oshakati Sick man in Oshakati Time for a drink Sad unemployed
Man in Oshakati Sick man in Oshakati Time for a drink
.....all day long
Sad unemployed
man in tin shack
Young man Father with 98-year old man Intact family
Young man
with no job
Father with
his baby
98-year old man Intact family
in Big Bend
Unemployed man resting Sick man with woman Slum dweller with Young Couple in Big Ben near Windhook
Unemployed man resting Sick man with woman
in wheel chair
Slum dweller with
the blues
Young Couple in Big Ben near Windhook
Drinking men in Katutura - biggest slum in Windhouk The rare sight of a present father in the Katututra slum Young couple in Big Ben around Windhook Loving couple arguing in Katutura
Drinking men in Katutura - biggest slum in Windhouk The rare sight of a present father in the Katututra slum Young couple in Big Ben around Windhook Loving couple arguing in Katutura

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