The beautiful people of Namibia's slums

 

Photos and text by Jacob Holdt

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Women in the slums

I have never been to a country where I got so close to the women as in Namibia. In nearly every slum district I would be invited to stay with them. With their individual beauty they therefore make up a disproportionate amount of my photos. But there are some sad facts behind this. Namely their absent men and all too often their absent children. I explain about the historical and social reasons for this under my individual stories about the women, I photographed. The sad historical division of men and women has in recent years also been exacerbated by their fear of Aids.
 

       
Natural beauty in African slums Ovambo woman in the sunset My hostess reading Bible for her mother In the glow of the kerosene lamp
Natural beauty in
African slums
Ovambo woman
in the sunset
My hostess reading
the Bible for her mother
In the glow of
the kerosene lamp
Woman in her shop Ruby's sick grandmother in Hakahana Washing up in the dessert Woman in blue bed
Woman in
her shop
Ruby's sick granny
in Hakahana
Washing up
in the dessert
Woman in
blue bed
Depressed woman with no food No slums without the blues Woman in front of blue screen Namibia-056
Depressed woman
with no food
No slums without
the blues
Woman in front
of blue screen
Depressed woman
in blue bed
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Mother with
young baby
Oil lamp in
Windhoek
Safe sex
saves lives
Motherly love in the
glow of the oil lamp
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Early morning
bathroom visit
Urban woman
with sheaves
Woman sewing
her own clothes
Ruby in her
tin shack
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Student putting her
night cream on
Woman with
hanging tub
Breastfeeding woman
in the North
"Better red than dead"
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Salmi's sister
laying sick
Pink lady in Oshakati Woman against
corrugated iron
Woman with photos
of absentee husband
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Young mother
in doorway
Mother breastfeeding Woman in a
dark place
Salmi's suspicious
sister
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Woman in
her kitchen
White colonial
bagage
Woman behind
blue door
Salmi's big sister
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Woman in
a red dress
Single woman
with two children
Young girl
after school
Old woman in
her kitchen
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Woman in
blue barrels
Caretaker of aids orphans
in Katutura
Old woman in Katutura Arguing women
in Katutura
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My hostess outside her
shack in Big Ben
Woman breast feeding
child in Katutura
Bartender in Katutura Woman in Katutura
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Woman cutting meat
in the Katutura slum
Woman cutting meat
in Katutura
With woman in
the Katutura slum
 

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